Kraft Suspense Theatre (1963–1965)
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A "surfer bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers" include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his ... See full summary »

Directors:

William A. Graham (as William Graham), Robert Altman (uncredited)

Writers:

Ed Waters (teleplay), Paul Tuckahoe (teleplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Mickey Rooney ... Sheriff Williams
James Caan ... Rick Peterson
Bruce Dern ... Maynard
Kelly Thordsen ... Dick
Peggy Rea ... Telephone Operator
Logan Field Logan Field ... Prosecutor
Keith Taylor Keith Taylor ... Boy
William Challee ... Old Man
Opal Euard Opal Euard ... Farmer's Wife
Harry Townes ... Felix Potter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Aline
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A "surfer bum","600 miles from a wave", is roaming the back-roads of the U.S. in his woody wagon when it breaks down. His "rescuers" include a small town sheriff who has a habit of his prisoners escaping and then being hunted down and murdered by his bloodhounds. When the surfer is seen as a threat to report the goings-on he is arrested and is next in line to "escape". Written by dubchi

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1963 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Roncom Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (as color by Pathé)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Run, Jimmy, run
11 March 2013 | by ctomvelu1See all my reviews

A young James Caan plays a surfer bum who finds himself stuck in a backwoods town, where a sadistic sheriff (baby-faced Mickey Rooney) and buddies like to hunt down and kill "escaped" prisoners. Instead of collecting their scalps, the sheriff collects their belts. In a particularly chilling scene, Caan finds and counts those belts while searching the sheriff's office. Soon after, the sheriff strips Caan of his belt before setting him loose for the hunt. Based on the story, Zaroff's Hounds (filmed as The Most Dangerous Game), this is the best Kraft episode I have seen to date. Caan and Rooney play well against each other. Bruce Dern has a small role as the town's mechanic and holder of a duplicate jail key, which is used to help each prisoner "escape" and thus start the game afresh. Gripping from start to finish.


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