Favorite TV episodes: The Fugitive "Man on a String"


Bored Historian
Aug 26, 2011
THE FUGITIVE 9/2/64 “Man on a String”

The title could describe many episodes of “The Fugitive”: Kimble wants to get away but he can’t just walk away from other people’s problems, especially if they involve an injustice or someone who is in danger. Here Kimble is hitch-hiking and comes across a woman whose car won’t start. No, it isn’t the nun from “Angels Travel in Lonely Roads”. Instead it’s Lois Nettleton, playing the town tramp, a waitress who “knows” many of the men in town and was out on the road to meet one of them. He never showed up and, significantly, She calls Kimble “Lars”, the name of the man she’s waiting for. He has a superficial resemblance to him and she thus reveals that she thinks Lars is still alive. He isn’t, unfortunately. Unbeknownst to either of them, his body is hidden in the bushes. He fixes her car and she gives him a lift to town. Later the body is found and the whole town assumes that Lois did him in. Kimble is the witness who could prevent her from being convicted. It winds up with an incredibly tense situation where he has returned to testify at the inquest but the widow has found out who Kimble is and she wants him out of town. But the sheriff won’t let him leave.

The greatest thing about these old sixties shows is the “stock company” or really good actors that constantly showed up in the guest parts. They were often the best actors and had the most interesting roles, (because they didn’t have to be beloved by the audience so they would tune in next week). This episode has several of them: Patricia Smith as the widow, Malcolm Atterbury as the Sheriff, the always excellent John Larch as his very nervous deputy and Lois Nettleton as the accused. Like Suzanne Pleshette, Lois is one of my favorite actresses from the period. I was very sad when we lost them both on consecutive days in 2008.

IMDB: "The Fugitive" Man on a String (TV Episode 1964) - IMDb

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