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Wednesday, August 08, 2018

The Fugitive: Music and Images from the Classic, 1963-1967 TV Drama, Starring David Janssen

Re-posted by Nicholas Stix

Beautiful.

David Janssen was one of God's gifts to TV. He projected a Bogartian world-weariness, yet with an undercurrent of vulnerability.

I'm not sure if I ever saw a single episode of this series, but I feel as if I saw many. The show was broadcast on ABC, which my mom silently forbade in her household. However, I devotedly watched Janssen's next two series, Harry O and O'Hara, U.S. Treasury.

Janssen became a star during the 1950s, as Richard Diamond, Private Eye, and later starred as a private eye in Harry O (with Anthony Zerbe as second banana), and as a T-man in O'Hara, U.S. Treasury, but it was his work as Dr. Richard Kimble, in The Fugitive, that made him world famous.

The Fugitive had three creative wellsprings: The road story, a modern picaresque, most famously embodied at the time by Route 66, in which a restless or desperate protagonist moves from town to town; the Sam Shepard murder case, in which a prominent Cleveland doctor was charged, tried, and convicted of the grisly murder of his pretty wife (but eventually acquitted, on appeal, by an ambitious, young, Harvard lawyer named F. Lee Bailey); and Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, in which a fanatical policeman hunts a saintly man, who had once stolen a loaf of bread.

The show’s form allowed it to combine the genres of a continuing drama and an anthology series, the latter then a very popular genre. Janssen’s character would constantly have to start over in a new place, with a new job, a new name, and fall in love with a new girl.

The Fugitive’s final episode broke the record for the most-watched TV program ever, eventually eclipsed by the last episode of M*A*S*H*.

Unfortunately, David Janssen dropped dead of a massive coronary at the age of 48. He had a history of heavy drinking, though he was supposedly on the wagon, but he was also a chain smoker.

At the time, people were not only dropping like flies from lung cancer, but from heart attacks too, but without knowing the connection between heart disease and cigarettes.
 


 

Gokcek Atan
Published on Jun 19, 2016

Peter Rugolo wrote this mixture of inimitable musical themes and cues for the 1960s television series The Fugitive. Rugolo's music was an essential element of . Celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Fugitive TV series that ran from 1963-1967. Fans from the U.S., England, & France met in Los Angeles & toured LA .

The Fugitive.S01E05 -Never Wave Goodbye Part2 مسلسل ريتشارد كيمبل الهارب الجزء1 الحلقة 5.

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