The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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The Judgment: Part I 

The one-armed man is arrested in Los Angeles for fighting and police want the story highlighted in the newspaper to try and lure Kimble into capture.


Don Medford, Jesse Hibbs (uncredited) | 1 more credit »


Episode cast overview, first billed only:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Frank Davis
Richard Anderson ... Leonard Taft
Joseph Campanella ... Capt. Ralph Lee
Michael Constantine ... Arthur 'Art' Howe
Jacqueline Scott ... Donna Kimble Taft
Diane Baker ... Jean Carlisle
Skip Ward ... Nat Harris
Bill Raisch ... Fred Johnson / Fred Carson
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard
Paul Comi ... Policeman B
Lloyd Haynes ... Detective Franks
James Nolan ... Driver
Tom Palmer
John Ward John Ward
Don Lamond Don Lamond ... Newscaster




When the one-armed man Fred Johnson is arrested in LA for smashing up a bar, the news is flashed nationwide (courtesy of Lt. Gerard), and Richard Kimble learns of Johnson's arrest at a trucking firm in Tuscon. Gerard is waiting in the wings for Kimble's arrival, but unknown to Gerard also working at LAPD headquarters is court stenographer Jean Carlisle, who is close to the Kimble family because they helped her cope with her father's arrest for embezzlement. Upon learning of Gerard's presence, Jean calls Richard's sister Donna and learns that Richard is probably headed for LA. After she meets Kimble and helps him escape a police dragnet, she helps him tail Fred Johnson, who has been unexpectedly bailed out of jail through seedy bondsman Art Howe. Howe and Johnson make a deal to blackmail his client out of $50,000, but after Johnson kills Howe, Richard and Jean learn the source of Johnson's bail - a source that devastates Kimble to the point that, despite arranging to get to Stafford ... Written by Michael Daly

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For the famous last episode, ABC wanted to tie in the beginning of a new series that would debut after The Fugitive ended. The idea was that Clinton Judd, the lead character for the new show "Judd for the Defense" (1967) would become Richard Kimble's attorney. The problem was that the shows were being produced by different production companies and Quinn Martin was not interested in cooperating with the other show, feeling it would partially steal the spotlight from the long awaited conclusion of his series. See more »


Lt. Philip Gerard: [Kimble walks out of Jean's apartment building to take a cab to where Jean has parked his car. Gerard, having waited Kimble out, appears with gun and handcuffs]
Lt. Philip Gerard: Hold it, Kimble!
[to cabbie]
Lt. Philip Gerard: I'm sorry, your fare already left!
[to Kimble]
Lt. Philip Gerard: All right, hands behind you.
Dr. Richard Kimble: Gerard, for the first time I feel I'm really close to something.
Lt. Philip Gerard: It had to happen someday. You knew that. I'm sorry. You just ran out of time.
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The beginning of the end.
20 April 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

ABC and Quinn Martin Productions were smart when it came to "The Fugitive". First, they let the show go on for four seasons and didn't overplay the basic idea. Second, they wanted to make the finale a memorable they stretched it out to two episodes....and it became, up until then, the most-watched show in television history. Folks all over America tuned in to see if Kimble could perhaps FINALLY confront the one-armed man and bring him to justice.

This review is for part one of the two-parter. The one-armed man has been arrested by Gerard and his police force. They are not 100% convinced that Kimble is a murderer and try to break Johnson...without success. But they also think that perhaps they can use his being in custody as a way to draw Kimble into the open...and arrest him. But, as usual, folks feel sorry for Kimble and help him. In this case, it's a lady who knew him long ago (Diane Baker) and she's determined to help him regain his good name.

Oddly, this plan is knocked off course when a bail bondsman (Michael Constantine) shows up to bail out the one-armed man. Why? Who would be interested in getting the one-armed man out of the way?? This bothers the bail bondsman....and he wants the one-armed man to work with him to determine WHY someone was THIS interested that they'd bail a stranger out of jail.

As you would expect, this was well made and exciting....and ends having the viewer THINK that the truth will never come out nor that Kimble will be able to stop running. Well made, exciting and worth seeing.

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22 August 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)



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1.33 : 1
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