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Tuesday, August 29, 1967: The Day The Running Stopped for “The Fugitive’s” Richard Kimble

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

45 years ago today, The Fugitive’s Dr. Richard Kimble finally got justice. Falsely accused for the murder of his wife, Kimble (played by David Janssen) spent four years on the run, pursuing his wife’s true killer, the One-Armed Man, while also being diligently pursued himself by Lt. Gerard. In the two-part series finale (“The Judgment” Parts I and II) Kimble learns the One-Armed Man is in Los Angeles, but before Kimble can make his move, Gerard finally catches up with Kimble. Kimble tells Gerard of the most recent developments in his pursuit of the One-Armed Man, and Gerard grants him 24 hours to gather the evidence he would need to exonerate himself. 24 hours come and go, but just as Gerard is about to take Kimble to prison, the two are led to an amusement park where the one remaining witness to Mrs. Kimble’s murder, Lloyd Chandler, is attempting to murder the One-Armed Man for blackmailing him.

Here’s the pivotal showdown:

But viewers almost never got a chance to see Kimble find retribution. According to ABC’s Leonard Goldberg, when David Janssen did not want to return for a fifth season of the series, The Fugitive was supposed to end in May of 1967, with the last episode being simply what had been shot as the conclusion of the fourth season when production still anticipated a fifth. There was no resolution to the series at that point – Kimble was still chasing the One-Armed Man. Goldberg describes how he fought for a real series finale (a two-parter, as it turned out), which would give viewers a satisfying end to The Fugitive. “The Judgment:Part II” earned the highest TV rating ever at that time – a whopping 45.9 and a 72 share, meaning that of all the television sets in use at that time, 72% of them were tuned to that episode. “The Judgment:Part II” was watched by over 78 million people that Tuesday night:

Kimble got his man, viewers got satisfaction, and ABC got huge ratings. And “The Judgment:Part II” remains one of the most memorable series finales of all time. Win win.

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- by Adrienne Faillace

Alan Armer, Producer of “The Fugitive” and Former TV Academy President, Has Died

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Alan Armer, who won an Emmy Award as the producer of the classic adventure series The Fugitive, has died at the age of 88.  Armer served as the President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the early 1970s and began his career at local L.A. TV’s KNBH (KNBC) in the 1950s.

Alan Armer’s Archive interview was conducted on July 15, 2008.

Interview Description:

Alan Armer talked about his early years growing up during the Great Depression.  He spoke about his studies in speech and drama and his practical experience as an announcer in radio, and acknowledged winning a World’s Fastest Talker contest, while a teenager, speaking 617 words in 57 seconds.  He described his years in local television in Los Angeles at KNBH (now KNBC) where he worked in many capacities and developed the series Lights, Camera, Action, a showcase for new young acting talent.  He chronicled his work as a producer at 20th Century Fox in series television, where he produced My Friend Flicka and Broken Arrow.  With Broken Arrow’s production falling during the era of the Hollywood Blacklist, Armer revealed that the series’ original writers could not be hired, rejected by the sponsor (but that he later employed them on The Fugitive).  He spoke in great detail about his association as executive producer with the classic crime series The Untouchables.  For this series, he commented on: the controversy that arose due to the show’s portrayal of Italian-Americans, the necessity to tone down the show’s depiction of violence, and Robert Stack’s performance as Eliot Ness.  He then talked about his work with Quinn Martin on the series The Fugitive.  For The Fugitive, he gave his impressions of the cast, commented on the series highly-rated finale, and noted the series’ Emmy win for Best Drama Series.   He also touched on later Quinn Martin-produced series The Invaders and Cannon.  Lastly, he talked about serving as President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the early 1970s, and the increase in membership and creation of the Film Group screenings during his tenure.  The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson.