Escape's "The Fugitive" was adapted from the short story by Vincent Starrett (1886-1974), which is available in the book The Quick and the Dead (1965). Escape's version is similar to Starrett's story but not exactly the same. It was also expanded with additional characters and lots of dialogue.
The episode opens in southern France in the town of Saint-Just. A master thief by the name of Duplessis has escaped from Tarantelle prison and attempts to make his way to Spain. He knows he is being tracked by Lemieux, a clever and cunning policeman.
Duplessis finds Marie, the girl he is devoted to, and she takes him to Paul Despard for help. Marie then leaves and Duplessis tries to retrieve the bag of jewels that he left with Despard befote going to prison. Despard claims to be his friend, but Duplessis realizes that his friend has signaled for the police.
Duplessis runs off again, with the police in pursuit. Can he trust Marie? Will he be able to make it to Spain?
"The Fugitive' was adapted for radio by Les Crutchfield and produced/directed by Norman MacDonnell . Featured in the cast were Luis Van Rooten, Ben Wright, Gloria Blondell, Berry Kroeger, Wilms Herbert, and John Dehner. This episode aired on August 15, 1948.
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