The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Set Fire to a Straw Man 

"Set Fire to a Straw Man" is an episode of The Fugitive starring David Janssen, Diana Hyland, and Edward Binns. The owner of a warehouse distributorship threatens to report Kimble to the police if he doesn't stay away from his sister. He has no interest in her but when she kidnaps a small boy he must choose between saving the boy or himself.

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... Dr. Richard Kimble / Chris Benson
... Stella Savano
... George Savano
... Jesse Stransel
... Lt. Philip Gerard (credit only)
... Johnny Stransel
... Sgt. Kelly
... Ginny Stransel
... Max
Barbara Baldavin ... Mickey
Wally Shannon ... Waiter
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The owner of a warehouse distributorship threatens to report Kimble to the police if he doesn't stay away from his sister. He has no interest in her but when she kidnaps a small boy he must choose between saving the boy or himself.

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30 November 1965 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Closing Narration. Viewers see Richard Kimble hop aboard a moving train] For each of us there is an occasional moment of fantasy, a search for a straw man of our own. But Richard Kimble can only hope that the memory of a face caught once in the glare of headlights is made of something other than straw.
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Kimble, under the name Chris Benson, works for George Savano (actor Edward Binns), who owns a successful auto parts distributorship in New Jersey. Kimble's immediate supervisor is Jesse Stransel (actor Joseph Campanella), who at the outset of the show suffers a vicious beating, causing police to snoop around, to Kimble's discomfort.

Kimble discovers that there are many secrets and mysteries involving George, Jesse, Jesse's wife and son, and George's attractive sister Stella (actress Diana Hyland), and that George wants to keep the lid on these secrets.

Stella makes moves on Kimble. George threatens him to get him to stay away, but she will not stay away from Kimble. Kimble comes to learn that she is delusional. (Hyland played a similar delusional woman in the episode When The Bough Breaks).

An angry George confronts Kimble, and tells his secretary that in one hour, she should call the police and inform them that Chris Benson has stolen some radios, and is believed to be wanted elsewhere by the police. Kimble wants to flee, but Stella complicates matters.


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