An emotionally fragile young woman steals another woman's baby, and Kimble (whom she believes to be the baby's father) may be the only one who can help them all.



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Episode cast overview:
Dr. Richard Kimble / Pete Broderick
Carol Hollister
Lieutenant Malleson
Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Laura Pearson
Whit Pearson
Sergeant Barrett
Dr. Eison
Ruth Fisher
Marge Redmond ...
Jo Helton ...
Woman on street
Eddie Guardino ...


An emotionally fragile young woman steals another woman's baby, and Kimble (whom she believes to be the baby's father) may be the only one who can help them all.

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Release Date:

6 October 1964 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title is a line from the lullaby "Rock A Bye Baby." See more »


Narrator: [Act One Opening Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble sneaking aboard a freight train] Grand Forks, North Dakota. It is 26 months since the escape, and still another city has become a blind alley for Richard Kimble. The man with one arm, author of the crime for which Kimble was to die, remains elusive. And again, it is time to move on.
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10/6/64: "When the Bough breaks"
29 April 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

This series is noted for the difficult situations the writers cook up for Richard Kimble to get out of but even by their standards this one seems contrived. Kimble hops a freight train only to find a woman, (Diana Hyland) with a baby on board. Police are searching every car. She says that her father sent them. Kimble seems to accept that at face value. He is, of course, primarily interested in not being caught. But he was not only a doctor but a pediatrician, (Ed Peterson's book on the series says that Quinn Martin specifically chose that discipline because it made him a humanitarian whereas other medical disciplines were more likely to produce a guy who was in the profession to get rich. Thus, Kimble could not tear himself away from situations like this.

But even after they get away, he makes no attempt to contact the authorizes over this woman who is clearly endangering her baby by hitting the road like this – until he finds out it's not her baby at all, that her baby is dead and she stole this one. Then he finally disengages, only to find the deluded woman has left the baby someplace and will only tell her 'husband', (Kimble), forcing him to return and announce himself.

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