The Fugitive: Season 1, Episode 7

Smoke Screen (29 Oct. 1963)

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Kimble and a group of farm workers are surrounded in the hills by a huge fire and he must reveal that he is doctor in order to save the life of a pregnant, illegal immigrant.

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Nurse Doris Stillwell
Alejandro Rey ...
Paco Alvarez
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Mrs. Maria Alvarez
Peter Helm ...
Johnny Peters - Reporter
Barry Morse ...
John Milford ...
Foreman
Mort Mills ...
Ranger Ritter
Pepe Hern ...
Cardinez
Roberto Contreras ...
Ibarra
Edward Faulkner ...
Jordan (as Ed Faulkner)
Buck Young ...
Newsman
James Seay ...
Fire Chief
Stewart Bradley ...
Sheriff (as Stuart Bradley)
Barry Kelley ...
Harry
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Kimble and a group of farm workers are surrounded in the hills by a huge fire and he must reveal that he is doctor in order to save the life of a pregnant, illegal immigrant.

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Narrator: [Act I Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble at work as a migrant worker on a farm] California - the Imperial Valley. Richard Kimble, now wearing the name of Joseph Walker. Occupation: farm laborer. The California sun is hot, and there is a strange antagonism in the eyes of the others workers - a hatred which he cannot fathom, but one which Richard Kimble tries to ignore in his effort to keep the secret of his identity.
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Well-Staged and Suspenseful
7 February 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

This entry has unexpected application for our own period, given the issues over illegal immigrants from Mexico. Here, Kimball is working as a farm laborer but is shunned by majority of Latino co-workers who suspect him of being an undercover immigration agent. Eventually, he makes friends with one of the co-workers, Paco, and his pregnant wife Maria. The couple, however, is undocumented, and somewhat surprisingly, the script has us sympathize with their lack of "papers" much as we sympathize with Kimball's fugitive status.

It's a pretty good episode. The forest fire inserts are well done, along with the location farm filming, each providing a strongly realistic effect. Also, that fine underrated B-actress Beverly Garland delivers a strong performance as the embattled nurse who must deliver Maria's baby in the field when what's needed is a hospital for a Caesarian delivery. But it's really Dr. Kimball who's put on the spot. All in all, the plot with it's remote radio broadcast seems more contrived than usual, but each plot element does fall into place providing for a generally suspenseful 60-minutes.


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