The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Decision in the Ring 

Richard Kimble helps a black boxer realize that he may have a brain injury that will kill him if he continues to box. Meanwhile, an undercover police Sgt. closes in on Kimble.


Arthur Weiss, Roy Huggins (created by)




Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Ray Miller
James Edwards ... Joe Smith
Ruby Dee ... Laura Smith
James Dunn ... Lou Bragan
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
Robert F. Simon ... Murphy
Ed Kemmer ... Harry Stone
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Wally Wilson
Hari Rhodes ... Dan Digby


While working at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena as part of the janitorial staff, Dr. Kimble helps boxer Joe Smith stop the bleeding from a bad cut on his forehead after a fight. The next day, Joe's manager Lou hires Kimble to be his new cut man. Kimble goes to training camp with Joe and his wife, Lou, and others. Joe's wife Laura tells Kimble about some memory loss that Joe had experienced. Kimble fears the onset of brain damage and Joe fears it too because Joe once attended medical school and knows the symptoms. Meanwhile, Lou is being investigated by the boxing commission and because of that, everyone around Lou is also being checked out, including Kimble.

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About a year before this, David Janssen himself played a boxer in Follow the Sun: A Choice of Weapons (1962). See more »


[first lines]
Lou Bragan: [to the cutman] Come on, come on. You're working too slow!
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10/22/63: "Decision in the Ring"
1 April 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

This was actually the second episode filmed, after "Fear in the Desert City". You can see why it was pushed back a bit. It's not bad but not all that remarkable, either. Kimble gets a job as a cut man for a boxer and his medical training tells him that he really should quit the ring before he gets seriously hurt. But he's got a shot at the title. The boxer, played by James Edwards, one of many excellent but underused black actors from those days, always wanted to be a doctor and Kimble urges him to return to school. Meanwhile a reporter who is actually an undercover agent for the boxing commission is suspicious that Kimble might be working for criminals who want Edwards to throw the fight.

James Edwards died of a heart attack at the age of 51. He was already 45 when he played this role but doesn't look it. Edwards made a big splash in 1949 with Home of the Brave, a story of a black man and his experiences in the Army during WW2. He also played one of the boxers in Robert Wise's "The Set-up" A very handsome man, he started dating some Hollywood actresses, including Lana Turner, who he slapped during an argument in a restaurant. Ooops….

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Release Date:

22 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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