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The Fugitive

David Pierson

Publication Year: 2011

A social, cultural, historical, and institutional analysis of the classic original series The Fugitive.

Published by: Wayne State University Press

Title Page

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pp. v-vi

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pp. vii-viii

I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of people who extended help, advice, and encouragement throughout the research and writing of this book. Special thanks go to Annie Martin at Wayne State University Press for her steadfast support, assistance, and patience in guiding me...

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1. Man-on-the-Run

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pp. 1-10

In the early 1960s, scores of viewers rushed to their TV sets on Tuesday evenings at ten o’clock to see how Richard Kimble would once again escape from the ever-tightening grip of the police who were pursuing him unjustly for the murder of his wife. Loyal viewers tuned in every week to find out which...

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2. The Creation of The Fugitive

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pp. 11-40

The Fugitive was almost never made. Roy Huggins, the series’ creator, recalls the escalating tension and skepticism in a crowded hotel room filled with fifteen to twenty ABC network executives and programmers in 1962 as he explained his ideas for the series. Huggins said he flinched...

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3. A Thematic Analysis of The Fugitive

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pp. 41-75

The Fugitive was popular with audiences in the 1960s because its characters and stories connected with ongoing cultural struggles over individual freedom and social justice. These struggles, which had various degrees of intensity, included African Americans, whites...

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4. The Legacy of The Fugitive

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pp. 77-96

On August 29, 1967, the final episode of The Fugitive aired on prime-time television. As the newly acquitted Kimble and Jean Carlise (Diane Baker), a court reporter who helped him, walk away from the courthouse, they suddenly spot a police cruiser pulling up alongside...


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pp. 97-98


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pp. 99-104


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pp. 105-106


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pp. 107-109


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pp. 111-115

E-ISBN-13: 9780814336106
Print-ISBN-13: 9780814334294

Page Count: 136
Illustrations: 11
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1
Volume Title: N/a