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The Fugitive Recaptured
by Ed Robertson


For four years, millions of TV viewers dropped what they were doing every Tuesday night at 10 o'clock to watch The Fugitive (ABC, 1963-1967).  David Janssen starred as Dr. Richard Kimble, a man wrongly accused of his wife's murder, who was spared an unjust death sentence by a twist of fate: the train derailed en route to his scheduled execution.  Each week, while Dr. Kimble searched for the real killer a mysterious one-armed man he was pursued by the implacable police lieutenant Philip Gerard (Barry Morse), whose relentless search for the Fugitive soon became an all-consuming obsession.  Kimble finally confronted the one-armed man in the final episode of the series (broadcast August 29, 1967), one of the highest-rated broadcasts in all of television history.

But would you believe that The Fugitive nearly never made it to the television screen?  Series creator Roy Huggins (Maverick, The Rockford Files) nearly abandoned The Fugitive for nearly two years because everyone he consulted about the idea found it absolutely repulsive.  But, more than 40 years later, The Fugitive continues to thrive as one of the most popular series in American television history.  Anyone who watches the series can identify with Dr. Kimble, because all of us, at one point or another, have felt the stings of a false accusation or an unjust punishment.

The Fugitive Recaptured provides an in-depth, behind-the-scenes history of this Emmy Award-winning series.  The book includes recollections from many key participants, including Barry Morse (Lt. Gerard), Jacqueline Scott (Donna Kimble Taft), series creator Roy Huggins, and producers Alan Armer and George Eckstein.  The lively commentary of bestselling novelist Stephen King, a devoted longtime fan of the show, provides an added dimension to the volume.

 

"The definitive book on the series."

TV Guide

"What a break for fans of the original series."

The Los Angeles Times

"
The best reference book ever written about an American show." 

Television Bookshelf

"
By the scrupulous research and tasteful presentation of his book,
Ed Robertson has created a brilliant record
of one of the outstanding achievements of television history,
of which I for one am proud to have been a part.
It will fascinate viewers of all generations."


 Barry Morse
"Lt. Philip Gerard" on The Fugitive
from his Foreword

 

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