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Fugitive:Never Wave Goodbye [VHS]


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  • Actors: David Janssen, William Conrad, Barry Morse, Dick Wesson, Paul Birch
  • Writers: Roy Huggins
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • VHS Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304865430
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #445,545 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 30, 1999
Never Wave Goodbye is the fourth story of The Fugitive TV series, and is one of the best, combining gut-wrenching emotion with some exciting action.
Kimble now works as a sailmaker in San Diego. Susan Oliver plays Kimble's girlfriend Karen, and Will Kuluva is her uncle, who knows Karen is in love with Kimble and wants him to marry her - much to the consternation of a rival sailmaker (Robert Duvall).
LT Gerard learns of the arrest of a one-armed perp in LA and wants to interrogate the man, believing it will help bring out Kimble. His superior, Captain Ed Carpenter, is reluctant to let Gerard go off like this, disturbed as he is by the lieutenant's obsession.
But Gerard gets his wish and flies out to LA, just as Kimble learns of the man's arrest. He travels to the LA jail and finds he is not the one-armed man who killed his wife. But as he leaves, Kimble stumbles into Gerard, and a chase ensues. Karen helps Kimble escape, but he has to leave.
Or does he? Unable to abandon the woman who so loves him, Kimble decides he and she should fake their own deaths in a sailing accident. Perhaps then they can share the life together they both so desperately want.
It is often painful to see the effort Kimble and Karen undertake to fake their own deaths. It truly draws the audience into loving these characters and hating Gerard - all the right requisites for superb storytelling.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin Asiner on July 8, 2002
During the four year run of THE FUGITIVE, there were two kinds of episodes that stood out as exceptional: the kind that dealt with Kimble's past and the trial (like LANDSCAPE WITH RUNNING FIGURES and THE GIRL FROM LITTLE EGYPT) and those that developed Kimble's relation with another character, usually a romantic interest, so that the inevitable pain on parting is seen as the price he had to pay to maintain his freedom. NEVER WAVE GOODBYE is an example of the latter type, not only because of the terrific chemistry between David Janssen and his love interest Susan Oliver, but also because of the almost unbearable suspense generated by the oh-so-close chase scenes of Lieutenant Gerard.
Kimble as Jeff Cooper is hiding out in Santa Barbara, California, as a sailmaker. He has been on the run for only several months, but he is already fatigued, both physically and emotionally. This two part episode is the fourth entry in the series and in each of the first three, Kimble has had fleeting relations with Vera Miles (FEAR IN A DESERT CITY), Patricia Crowley (THE WITCH), and Sandy Dennis (THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN). With all three women, Kimble has learned the dangers of permitting love to cloud his judgment. Yet he yearns for more than superficiality. Now with Karen, played convincingly by the lovely Susan Oliver, Kimble can reassess the cost versus benefit of staying. At first, he tells her that he will leave, but he changes his mind, partly because of his love for her, and partly because he has seen a newspaper article about the arrest of a one-armed man in Los Angeles, and he is determined to see if this is the same man who killed his wife. Gerard, too,has seen this article and correctly guesses that Kimble will go to the jail to see this man.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Von Pein on December 5, 2004
"Never Wave Goodbye", a two-part episode of the original TV series "The Fugitive", is presented on this Republic Pictures video.

Robert Duvall and Susan Oliver guest star opposite David Janssen's portrayal of the ever-running "Dr. Richard Kimble". This special "two-parter" has Kimble faking his own death via a boating accident, in an attempt to fool Police Lt. Philip Gerard (Barry Morse), who, as usual, is hot on Kimble's trail. Something as small and simple as a used matchstick leads Gerard to Dr. Kimble's whereabouts.

These two "Goodbye" episodes, which are in black-and-white, were part of "The Fugitive's" inaugural season of 1963-1964, first airing on the ABC television network in October of 1963 (October 8th and October 15th). These were just the fourth and fifth episodes of the series (which would eventually span 4 years and 120 hour-long programs).

This "Republic" video is "Tape Two" in its series of "Fuge" VHS cassettes. Picture quality on this tape is pretty good; video is in the Original Aspect (TV) Ratio of 1.33:1. Stereo sound is provided. Tape length = approximately 98 minutes.

Trivial Tidbits .............

Kimble's alias in this 2-part program -- "Jeff Cooper".

Locations depicted -- Santa Barbara, California and Los Angeles, California.

William Graham directed both Part 1 and Part 2 of "Never Wave Goodbye".

Doctor Kimble saves the life of his pursuer (Lt. Gerard) during Part 2 of "Never Wave Goodbye", marking the first time (of six!) that Kimble would rescue Gerard from near-certain death during the four-season course of this drama series. In fact, in one episode, "Ill Wind" (from Season #3), the good doctor saves Gerard's life TWICE within the same one-hour program! (That's a dandy episode too, featuring a terrific ending as Kimble eludes re-capture yet again.)
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These are two of some of the best episodes from The Fugitive TV series. On this tape distributed by Republic Pictures: toward the end, the audio tends to whine "off key" like it was transferred from a tape machine with an unbalanced load. I bought two different copies and found this to be true, so beware. If you are a purist, you'll have better results with The Fugitive Vol 2 Never Wave Goodbye distributed by Nu Ventures video. Just be sure to search: VHS The Fugitive Vol (Amazon lists most of the 20 volumes released by Nu Ventures. The black and white episodes look and sound the best).
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