In rural Missouri Jenny Ammory is a young girl who lies compulsively. She neglects to do her homework and when sent to school against her wishes, she meets Richard Kimble - working as a delivery driver under the alias "Jim Fowler" - when she leaves her books by a dirt pathway to consult a rag doll she has named Nayet she keeps near a creek. Kimble/Fowler gives her back her books, she politely thanks him, and both go on. When she arrives at her school, however, she claims Kimble/Fowler attacked her to her teacher Emily Norton. Emily, however, has caught Jenny in lies before, and when Kimble/Fowler delivers some items to the school she talks to him, noting how she is persecuted by the wives of the fathers of her students because of her beauty that has attracted these men to her. When Jenny catches them talking, she is scolded by Emily but runs home and claims Kimble/Fowler and Emily Norton are having an illicit affair. This brings about a confrontation with Kimble/Fowler that threatens ... Written by
[Act I Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble driving a pickup truck]
Now ten months after his escape, take Richard Kimble, unjustly convicted of murder, put him down in the Missouri hills, a handyman driving a truck for a local fuel-and-feed company. Once again, he has changed his identity. He has become Jim Fowler, a stranger in town.
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Kimble is Jim Fowler, a driver for a fuel oil company in a rural area. He sees that schoolgirl Jenny Ammory, played by actress Gina Gillespie, has left her books by the side of the road, and he tries to bring her the books and help her.
Jenny frequently misbehaves then lies to get out of trouble. She explains her tardiness to school, loss of her homework, and her torn dress by claiming that Kimble chased her into the woods and tore her dress. She also accuses Kimble and her teacher Emily Norton (actress Pat Crowley) of improper behavior at the school.
Although Kimble could leave town, he stays to help Emily at a town meeting, and only then learns of the more serious allegations against him. Kimble faces severe danger from a lynch mob ready to get him for his alleged actions of child molestation of which, of course, he is completely innocent.
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