Richard Kimble ends up in the city of Chicago where the real killer of his wife is. He solicits the help of a struggling newspaper columnist to help find him, unaware the newspaper man is under pressure from his boss to either find the killer, or to turn Kimble over to the police to get a big story. Written by
After the one-armed man tries to call Coogan from a pay phone to meet with him, when there is no answer the one-armed man hangs up and there is no sound for the coin return, and he just walks out of the booth. See more »
[Act I Opening Narration. Viewers observe several scenes from the city of Chicago]
Chicago. Richard Kimble has come a thousand miles on hope - and the slimmest of clues - in his hunt for the one armed man. But ten days have passed, and now hope has turned to despair. For in a city of millions, how does a Fugitive go about finding a phantom?
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Dr. Kimble gets information leading him to believe the one-armed man is in Chicago. Kimble goes there and cannot find him, so he contacts newspaper columnist Mike Decker (actor Pat Hingle), who has previously written favorably to Kimble, for assistance. Kimble is wary, but Decker convinces him that he is on Kimble's side, and that he with the resources of his paper can find his quarry. Decker has Kimble hide out at his apartment while his wife is out of town.
Decker's editor agrees to give financial assistance, but only if Decker guarantees a big story, either the capture of the one-armed man, or the capture of Kimble. Decker hides this info from Kimble, and proceeds to make an all-out effort to find the one-armed man.
Decker's alcoholic wife Paula (actress Nan Martin) comes home early from the alcohol treatment center, and warns Kimble that while she is strongly on his side, Decker cannot be completely trusted. Once Lt. Gerard learns of Decker's efforts, he comes to town to pressure Decker for information and assistance, and Decker struggles with himself over what to do.
Decker's efforts do uncover the one-armed man. Kimble sees him for the first time since the night of the murder, but he gets away, and Kimble, after a close call, must flee empty-handed.
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