The Fugitive: Season 1, Episode 11

Nightmare at Northoak (26 Nov. 1963)

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Richard Kimble has a recurring nightmare - that he is on a city street, is spotted by Lt. Gerard, and runs, only to find himself cornered in an alley where Gerard shoots him. He awakens from the latest encounter with this nightmare when a school bus crashes and erupts in flame outside of a small New England town of Northoak. Kimble rescues children and the injured driver before an explosion ... See full summary »

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Wilma Springer
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Sheriff Al Springer
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Larry Springer (as Scott Lane)
Doreen Lang ...
Anna
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Richard Kimble has a recurring nightmare - that he is on a city street, is spotted by Lt. Gerard, and runs, only to find himself cornered in an alley where Gerard shoots him. He awakens from the latest encounter with this nightmare when a school bus crashes and erupts in flame outside of a small New England town of Northoak. Kimble rescues children and the injured driver before an explosion knocks him unconscious. Springer, the local sheriff, and his wife Wilma help the stranger recover, but when their son innocently photographs the injured Kimble for the local paper, the picture makes national news, and brings on Gerard. Sheriff Springer must thus arrest Kimble, but Gerard cannot take him back to Stafford until extradition papers are prepared, and in the process townspeople line up to say goodbye to Kimble - a spectacle that gives Kimble one chance to escape. Written by Michael Daly

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[in a nightmare sequence, Richard Kimble is cornered in an alley by Lt. Gerard]
Lt. Philip Gerard: [betraying sadistic pleasure as he draws his gun] Finally, Kimble. Finally.
Narrator: [as Kimble looks at Gerard in terror] This is Richard Kimble's recurring nightmare, and each time he awakens he wonders if he will awaken in the greater nightmare of reality.
[Gerard shoots Kimble, which startles him awake, back in reality]
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Kimble, napping outdoors, is tormented by dreams of capture by Lieutenant Gerard, only to awaken to a school bus crash and fire. Kimble bravely enters the burning bus to save the children and the unconscious driver. He is injured when the bus explodes.

The town is grateful because all of its children were on that bus. Kimble (George Porter) is taken to the home of benefactors to recover: the sheriff and his wife, who is the daughter of a judge and very strict on law and order. Kimble is unconscious for two days, and is photographed for the newspaper, though his face is partially covered. This photo causes Gerard to make an official request for prints.

The town is shocked when the hero is arrested as a murderer. The sheriff and his family, as well as other townspeople, suffer moral conflicts over the mistreatment of the man who saved their children. Gerard arrives and gloats over Kimble in his cell, but Kimble remains a popular figure. Ultimately, Gerard is frustrated in his efforts to punish those who would help Kimble.


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