The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Fugitive 

Jenny and the other kids don't realize that the kindly yet magical old duffer they play with in the park is really an intergalactic fugitive hiding out till two serious men come looking for him, asking questions that test their friendship.


Richard L. Bare


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Susan Gordon ... Jenny
J. Pat O'Malley ... Old Ben
Nancy Kulp ... Agnes Gann
Wesley Lau ... Man #1
Paul Tripp Paul Tripp ... Man #2
Russ Bender ... Doctor
Stephen Talbot ... Howie Gutliff
Johnny Eimen Johnny Eimen ... Pitcher (as Johnny Eiman)


Magical Old Ben is a kindly gent who likes to play with the neighborhood kids, whether it's baseball or games of make-believe. Little Jenny, who must wear a brace on one leg, is particularly fond of him. With the arrival of two officious men asking questions, Ben tells Jenny he's a wanted, intergalactic man and has to leave before they catch him. He assures her that he's not a serious criminal or anything like that but wants to fix her leg problem before he goes. The men, having been thwarted, use Jenny irresponsibly as their only resource to reach their objective. Retrieving Old Ben is pretty important to them, but he and Jenny devise a way to have the last laugh. Written by garykmcd/revised by statmanjeff

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Release Date:

9 March 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jenny's bedroom wall is adorned with two photos of the Chicago White Sox' Hall of Fame shortstop Luis Aparicio, a sports hero of author Charles Beaumont's home town. See more »


As two "identical" girls walk out the door, one is visibly taller than the other, and has noticeably darker hair. See more »


Jenny: [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE] I don't understand something. If your people have a Council and all these rules, what do they need a king for?
Old Ben: [CUTTING-ROOM FLOOR-LINE] Well, as a very wise - if somewhat cynical - gentleman once said, "People don't want leadership; they want convenience." That gentleman was my father. And, even if they shouldn't, I suspect his words apply just as much to your planet as to mine.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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More Innocent Times
10 June 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

These were certainly more innocent times. If an old man like J. Pat O'Malley started hanging around the neighborhood kids as we see him here, there would be a lot of suspicion as to his motives right now. But he's a kindly old duffer and to one child, little Susan Gordon he shows a side the others have never seen.

He's quite magical you know, like an oversized leprechaun. Gordon who has a leg brace because of infantile paralysis sees him shape shift like Odo of Deep Space Nine. Her guardian is a nasty spinster aunt played by Nancy Kulp and when two strange men start hanging around, O'Malley tells her he has to leave with them.

This Twilight Zone episode is a charming fantasy. I can't say more lest I reveal who and what O'Malley is. But Susan Gordon gets the ultimate happy ending.

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