A startling image of John Rim (Tom Skerritt) at the episode’s opening.
SAC Tom Colby’s in trouble! He has just been bitten by a poisonous snake, and his walkie-talkie isn't working!
72. The Legend of John Rim
John Rim: Escaped Federal Prisoner - Unlawful Interstate Flight to Avoid Confinement - Murder.
Original air date: 31 December 1967
This episode was not rerun
Quicksand, an alligator-infested swamp, and a vicious backwood town protect an escaped killer being sought by the F.B.I. Good episode and a good way to close out 1967!
We see John Rim killing an elderly man in the opening to the episode. It is evident he is a a nasty one. However, people in the region admire him for having saved the lives a bus load of school children.
- Wayne Rogers also plays in this as Johnny Rim's brother, Frank, lusting after Johnny' wife. Mr. Rogers often played villains, but here he ends up helping the Feds.
- Ford Rainey (1908-2005) once again makes an appearance here. He died on 25 July 2005, not quite 97 years young!
- One continuity blooper: At the end of Act IV, Inspector Erskine is covered with quicksand goo. At the start of the Epilogue, he is wearing clean clothing. A strange thing to mar an otherwise excellent episode.
The Crimestoppers Segment
Beginning with this episode, Efrem Zimbalist Jr. would step out of his role as Inspector Erskine, and give a monthly report on criminals wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This would continue on through to the end of the series.
This segment would be a major influence on future shows, notably America's Most Wanted, starring John Walsh. The most famous criminal listed in this segment was James Earl Ray, convicted killer of Martin Luther King.
||John Clarence Rim
||S.R.A. Leon Butler
|Directed by: Alvin Ganzer
Written by: Andy Lewis
This page updated 10 May 2008.