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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Pat Hingle plays a Mike Royko-style newspaper columnist, (he's called "Mike Decker"), who has championed Richard Kimble's innocence. Kimble thinks the one-armed man might be in Chicago and contacts Decker to get his help in finding him. Decker sees a Pulitzer Prize in helping to prove Kimble's innocence and agrees to help. What Kimble does not know is that Decker is more mercenary than he realizes: he could also win a Pulitzer for arranging Kimble's capture, as his editor reminds him. Gerard then intervenes and sets up a trap through Decker.
In fact the one armed man is in Chicago. He's played by Burt Lancaster's former stand-in, Bill Raisch, who has quite a history: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0707199/bio?ref_=nm_ov_bio_sm
Per Ed Robertson's book on the series, "The Fugitive Recaptured"), Quinn Martin wanted the one-armed man to remain a possibility, rather than an established fact: "kind of ghost-like, mystic: is he real/ isn't he real?" That ended when we catch a glimpse of the one- armed man in "The Girl From Little Eqypt", (the same glimpse that hunts Kimble throughout the series and will be part of the into from the second season on). In this episode they confront each other for the first time and Raisch has his first of few lines in the series. His appearances will be rare for the first three seasons, (six of his ten spots are in the final season). But at least we know he's real.
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