Kraft Suspense Theatre: Season 1, Episode 9

The Hunt (19 Dec. 1963)

TV Episode  -   -  Crime | Drama | Mystery
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A "surfer bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers" include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his ... See full summary »

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Sheriff Williams
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Rick Peterson
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Maynard
Kelly Thordsen ...
Dick
Peggy Rea ...
The Telephone Operator
Logan Field ...
The Prosecutor
Keith Taylor ...
The Boy
William Challee ...
The Man
Opal Euard ...
The Farm Lady
Harry Townes ...
Felix Potter
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A "surfer bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers" include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his prisoners escaping and then being hunted down and murdered by his bloodhounds. When the surfer is seen as a threat to report the goings-on he is arrested and is next in line to "escape". Written by dubchi

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Run, Jimmy, run
11 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young James Caan plays a surfer bum who finds himself stuck in a backwoods town, where a sadistic sheriff (baby-faced Mickey Rooney) and buddies like to hunt down and kill "escaped" prisoners. Instead of collecting their scalps, the sheriff collects their belts. In a particularly chilling scene, Caan finds and counts those belts while searching the sheriff's office. Soon after, the sheriff strips Caan of his belt before setting him loose for the hunt. Based on the story, Zaroff's Hounds (filmed as The Most Dangerous Game), this is the best Kraft episode I have seen to date. Caan and Rooney play well against each other. Bruce Dern has a small role as the town's mechanic and holder of a duplicate jail key, which is used to help each prisoner "escape" and thus start the game afresh. Gripping from start to finish.


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