Run, Joe, Run

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Run, Joe, Run
Created by Richard H. Landau
Starring
Narrated by Paul Frees
Opening theme Richard LaSalle
Ending theme Richard LaSalle
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) William P. D'Angelo
Producer(s) Dick O'Connor
Cinematography Alan Stensvold
Editor(s)
Running time 22 minutes
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 7, 1974 (1974-09-07) – November 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)

Run, Joe, Run was a Saturday-morning television program that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1975. It centered on Joe, a German Shepherd dog in the military's K-9 corps, and his master, Sergeant Will Corey (played by Arch Whiting).

The show was considered as a cross between Lassie and The Fugitive. Like The Fugitive, and later, The Incredible Hulk, it centered on a falsely accused person (in this case, the "person" was a dog) running from authorities and helping out people he meets along the way. The show was produced by D'Angelo Productions, which also produced the NBC young adult drama, Westwind, and other live-action series for Saturday mornings.

Plot[edit]

One day, during training, Joe was falsely accused of attacking his master, a crime for which the dog would be euthanised as punishment. However, he escaped before being killed and a $200 bounty was put on his head. Sgt. Corey believed Joe was innocent and also pursued him, hoping to find Joe before the authorities did. While on the run, Joe helped people he encountered.

During the show's second season, Sgt. Corey, having never found Joe (although he always came close), was called back to duty. Joe then teamed with a hiker, Josh McCoy (played by Chad States), and continued to help others, all the while still on the run.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1974–75)[edit]

No. in
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No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
11"Bounty Hunter"N/aRichard H. Landau, Arlene Stadd, & Leonard StaddSeptember 7, 1974 (1974-09-07)101

Joe is being tracked down by a bounty hunter.

Guest stars: Jeanne Cooper, James Griffith, & Harry Hickox
22"Yardbirds"N/aN/aSeptember 14, 1974 (1974-09-14)102

Joe comes to a railroad station, while there, Joe uses his Army training to help a guard.

Guest stars: Bobby Hall, Buck Kartalian, & Bill Walker
33"Bon Voyage"N/aN/aSeptember 27, 1974 (1974-09-27)103

Joe helps a fisherman get his nephew back in school.

Guest stars: Paul Picerni & Ricky Powell
44"Missionary"N/aN/aSeptember 28, 1974 (1974-09-28)104

Two bounty hunters are to try to chase Joe.

Guest stars: Joby Baker, Sandy McPeak, Patricia Morrow, & Owen Orr
55"False Alarm"N/aN/aOctober 5, 1974 (1974-10-05)105

Joe becomes the fire dog, but when two boys are setting off false fire alarms, they have to learn the hard way about what they've done when a real fire starts.

Guest stars: Sean Manning, Jimmy McNichol, & Richard X. Slattery
66"The Big Race"N/aN/aOctober 12, 1974 (1974-10-12)106

While at a race trace, Joe runs into criminals.

Guest stars: Ivor Francis, Karen Purcill, & Dub Taylor
77"Homecoming"Joseph M. EllisHarte Catlin & Richard H. LandauOctober 19, 1974 (1974-10-19)107

With Joe hurt, a little girl nurses him back to health.

Guest stars: Donald Briggs, Kristy McNichol, E.J. Peaker, Donnelly Rhodes, Albert Salmi, & Maggie Thrett
88"Six Seals, Two Whales and a Dog"N/aMartin Donovan & Richard H. LandauOctober 26, 1974 (1974-10-26)108

A little boy and his father make Joe apart of their dolphin act.

Guest stars: Todd Bass, James Hampton, Shepherd Sanders, & Bill Zuckert
99"Little Big Bear Hunter"N/aN/aNovember 2, 1974 (1974-11-02)109

Joe helps a young Indian while he tries to prove his manhood and encounters a wild bear.

Guest stars: Frank DeKova & Claudio Martínez
1010"Sunken Treasure"N/aN/aOctober 9, 1974 (1974-10-09)110

While resquing a boy, Joe discovers a packet of valuable jewels on him.

Guest stars: Chuck McCann & Robbie Rist
1111"The Mute"N/aN/aNovember 16, 1974 (1974-11-16)111

After being injured in a fall, Joe is helped by a mute boy.

Guest stars: Julie Adams, Heshimu Cumbuka, & Hank Jones
1212"Blind Girl"Allen BaronRichard H. LandauOctober 23, 1974 (1974-10-23)112

A blind girl, who's gotten lost in the forest, Joe leads her to safety while in return she saves him from harm.

Guest stars: Paul Carr, Larry Pennell, Pat Priest, & Michelle Riskas
1313"Little Old Lady Antique Dealer"N/a'N/aNovember 30, 1974 (1974-11-30)113

Joe befriends an elderly antiques dealer.

Guest stars: Jack Ging, Eric Laneuville, & Ruth McDevitt

Season 2 (1975)[edit]

No. in
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
141"Joe's New Friend"N/aN/aSeptember 6, 1975 (1975-09-06)201
While Joe is being chased by two hunters, Joe meets Josh McCoy.
152"The Secret, Part 1"N/aN/aSeptember 13, 1975 (1975-09-13)202
While working as a handyman, Josh is accused of robbing the house.
163"The Secret, Part 2"N/aN/aSeptember 20, 1975 (1975-09-20)203
Joe and Josh get caught up in a truck hijacking.
174"Rip Off"N/aN/aSeptember 27, 1975 (1975-09-27)204

Joe and Josh are unaware that a pair of motorcyclists hid a sack of stolen diamonds in Josh's backpack.

Guest stars: Owen Orr & Tom Stern
185"The Prisoner"N/aN/aOctober 4, 1975 (1975-10-04)205

Joe searches for an escaped prisoner from a crashed plane.

Guest stars: Phil Chambers, Jeff Corey, Roy Jenson, & William Mims
196"The Town Hero"N/aN/aOctober 11, 1975 (1975-10-11)206

A dog catcher tries to use Joe and other dogs he's captured to help him commit crimes.

Guest star: Walter Brooke
207"Trackdown"N/aN/aOctober 18, 1975 (1975-10-18)207

Joe chases a fugitive car thief.

Guest stars: Eddie Foy III & Matt Greene
218"The Htchhiker"N/aN/aOctober 25, 1975 (1975-10-25)208

Josh breaks his leg.

Guest stars: Virginia Gregg & Sid Haig
229"The Wild Stallion"N/aN/aNovember 1, 1975 (1975-11-01)209

Joe and Josh find work on a farm where the farmer obsesses over a horse.

Guest stars: Don Dubbins & Shannon Terhune
2310"The Runaway"N/aN/aNovember 8, 1975 (1975-11-08)210

Josh meets a female runaway.

Guest stars: Susan Alpern & Robert Carradine
2411"The Long Wait"N/aN/aNovember 15, 1975 (1975-11-15)211
Josh tries to end a 30 year feud.
2512"The Scrap Heap"N/aN/aNovember 22, 1975 (1975-11-22)212
Josh gets a job driving a vintage car that is later stolen by thieves who intend to strip the vehicle.
2613"The Hunters"N/aN/aNovember 30, 1975 (1975-11-30)213

When Josh gets a job in a Café, it is taken over by bank robbers.

Guest star: Ralph Meeker

See also[edit]

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Citations[edit]

  1. ^ a b Beck, Ken; Clark, Jim (2002). The Encyclopedia of TV Pets: A Complete History of Television's Greatest Animal Stars. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson. ISBN 978-1558539815.
  2. ^ a b Terrance 2011, p. 917.

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