The Fugitive (1963–1967)
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Stroke of Genius 

A young man accidentally kills the driver of a Jeep Kimble is riding in. Kimble gets away, but is later captured by Gerard in a remote cabin. But the real danger is from the boy's father ... See full summary »


Robert Butler


John Kneubuhl, Roy Huggins (created by)




Episode cast overview:
David Janssen ... Dr. Richard Kimble / Frank Whistler
Telly Savalas ... Steve Keller
Beau Bridges ... Gary Keller
Malcolm Atterbury ... Sheriff Bilson
Barry Morse ... Lt. Philip Gerard
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Barlow
Eugene Iglesias ... Deputy George (as Gene Iglesias)
Argentina Brunetti ... Mexican Woman
Olan Soule ... Chet Carter
Martin Priest Martin Priest ... Guard
Don Eitner ... Officer
George Savalas ... Prisoner


A young man accidentally kills the driver of a Jeep Kimble is riding in. Kimble gets away, but is later captured by Gerard in a remote cabin. But the real danger is from the boy's father who is determined to protect his son, no matter what. Written by A Dude Named Dude

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Release Date:

1 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Telly Savalas is 20 years and 1 month older than Beau Bridges who plays his son. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration. Viewers see an injured Richard Kimble lying on the ground following a Jeep crash. Next to him is the driver of the vehicle from whom Kimble had hitched a ride. The driver, Reverend Barlow, has been killed by a sniper] For many men, life is a ceaseless flight. Each moment of each day must be escaped by fleeing, somehow, somewhere, without rest until one day all hope dies, even the hope of further flight. Perhaps for such men, death comes as a final and all obliterating ...
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2/1/66 "Stroke of Genius"
27 October 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

There's not that much genius in the stroke here. Beau Bridges plays a young man admiring his new gun who shoots is off and accidentally shoots a beloved local minister in a passing car. The minister has just picked up a hitchhiker: Richard Kimble. The vehicle crashes and Kimble runs away, the minister being dead with a hole in his head and the police presumably on the way. Bridge's father, (Telly Savalas) wants to protect his son's bright future by leaving immediately on a fishing trip and pretending they had already left so the stranger will be blamed for the death.(Surely they can tell it was a rifle shot?). Beau wants to confess. It becomes too late to leave anyway. Savalas decides to volunteer for the manhunt, (that's the stroke of genius). He thinks he knows where Kimble is hiding out- and he's right. He wants to get to him first.

Meanwhile Gerard has been called in. He does some investigating of his own and tracks Kimble down shortly after Savalas finds him. Savalas tells Kimble that if he gives Gerard any information that will implicate his son, he'll kill them both.

What sets this one part is the much changed relationship between Kimble and Gerard. Kimble keeps his mouth shut about Savalas' son to save both of them and in the end prevents Savalas from shooting Gerard. Gerard is solicitous of Kimble's health, helping to bind his wounds from the car crash. Ironically, Gerard has to prove Kimble innocent of this killing because the local Sheriff insists he will be tried for it, (and perhaps executed there), before Gerard can have him. Gerard insists "Kimble has never killed anybody while trying to escape!" He's just not the type.

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