by Ed Robertson
four years, millions of TV viewers dropped what they were doing every
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.
would you believe that The Fugitive nearly never made it to the television screen?
creator Roy Huggins (Maverick, The Rockford Files) nearly abandoned The
for nearly two years because everyone
he consulted about the idea found it absolutely repulsive.
But, more than 40 years later,
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."
"What a break for fans of the original series."
The Los Angeles Times
"The best reference book ever written
about an American
the scrupulous research and tasteful presentation
of his book,
Robertson has created a brilliant record
of one of the outstanding
achievements of television history,
of which I for one am proud to have
It will fascinate viewers of all generations."
"Lt. Philip Gerard" on The Fugitive
from his Foreword
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