A few weeks ago when I went to our annual Library Book Fair, I picked up a few VHS movies for little or nothing and one of them was "The Fugitive" with Harrison Ford. Hard to believe that this movie came out in 1993. It doesn't seem that long ago. I watched it last night as I knitted. I usually don't like remakes of any shows and I loved the TV series with David Jansen, so when this movie first came out I hesitated somewhat about watching it. I finally gave in though and was so glad that I did. I think they did an excellent job with this movie. They did change so much of the original story and I liked that they did that. This is one of those movies I could watch many times and not get tired of it.
David Jansen always seemed like a soft spoken man, similar to Harrison Ford. Both were tough guys when they needed to be, but gentle at the same time. I would love to be able to see these old shows again. I haven't seen them since they went off the air in 1967.
Right after my husband and I got married in 1977 we watched a made-for-TV movie called "Guilty or Innocent" starring George Peppard. I became obsessed with this movie and story about Dr. Sam Sheppard. I spent a lot of time at the library looking at old newspaper microfilm about the case. Thinking back on it, I am not so sure why I was so fascinated with this. The only thing that I can think of is that this particular movie was much more about the real story of Dr. Sam Sheppard, unlike the other two with Harrison Ford and David Jansen. It grabbed my attention because I felt like he really was innocent and was treated very unfairly. Can you imagine being convicted of such a horrible crime and having to go to jail for 10 years for something you didn't do. The few times I have been selected for jury duty, I have always tried to stick with the facts of the case. I have only had to serve on lawsuit cases, thank goodness. I would imagine it would be really hard to serve on murder and other cases. But after all of my digging into the newspaper microfilm, it just seemed like this man was not given a fair trial. The media had a field day with him.
Here is Dr. Sheppard. The murder happened on my birthday in 1954. I was only 3 years old. This is one of those mysteries to me that I wish could have been solved. Something like the JFK assassination. I have seen so many different shows that try to prove that he was killed by Oswald and only Oswald. I am still not convinced myself.