Run For Your Life
Starring Ben Gazzara


Episode:
Someone Who Makes Me Feel Beautiful
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Synopsis: In Mexico, Paul vies with his friend, charmer and bit of a con man Ramon de Vega (Fernando Lamas) for the affections of the wealthy Jessica Braden (Tippi Hedren). With Henry Beckman as Mr. Jansen, Maureen Leeds as Mrs. Jansen, Alex Montoya as the Doctor, Margarita Cordova as the Dancer, Mark Miranda as the Boy, Vince Barbi as the Boatman - CAST PHOTOS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE
Episode 2
First broadcast on
September 27, 1965
Teleplay by Robert Guy Barrows
Story by Judith & Robert Guy Barrows
Directed by Leslie N. Martinson


These Journal entries continue from the story of Paul is dodging a Las Vegas Mafia boss while also threatening the casio owner - now "hiding out" in Mexico. The Journal for both is contained on "The Savage Season " page.

Puerto Vallarta
Tuesday, June 8

With Dick and Maria's arrival still a couple days off, I chartered the boat of a most hospitable man who can't do enough for me. His name is Ramon, and he could get a job cooking at The Ritz, He is quite a character, maybe a professional fortune hunter from what I'm gleaning between the lines.
Now relaxing by writing letters and making notes for my journal after a glorious morning of fishing. Not the usual sense of rushing I'd have on a stolen weekend, but a feeling of total freedom with my body returning to strength. A good sign, I think.
As the boatman doesn't appear to speak English, and my Spanish is only adequate for getting by, I have a beautiful sense of being alone at sea, and thinking clearly for the first time since the precipitous departure from San Francisco two months ago.
Though we avoided the subject of my departure, the time with Kate has a lot to do with this clarity, along with the realization that we may never be lovers again. More and more, I think my decision to leave was the right one - even though it has proved hazardous, to say the least.
But what of the future, and for that matter, the past? When I look back at my life, I wonder if I've spent enough of my time helping others, and if I chose the right career - becoming a lawyer because my father was an attorney. I do love the law, but perhaps I should have been working in another area. What can I do now to make up for that?

Puerto Vallarta
Wednesday - Thursday, June 9 - 10

I am trying to make sense of what has happened. Apparently, I stayed on Ramon's boat Saturday night to get an early start, and then there was the horrific explosion at sea.
My first thought was what a fool I had been to let my guard down, and think I was safe here in Mexico … chartering a boat from a man who didn't communicate? Zeno had found me. And what if I'd brought Kate along?
But Ramon - who I found, speaks perfect English - tells me that he gave me a wrong command when a massive swordfish appeared by the boat.
By following the instruction, it was I who caused the boat to explode, and there we were at sea with one raft, one injured man, and Ramon with the impossible proposition of trying to drag me to shore.
It's all mostly a blur, and I think I was going in and out of consciousness, but remember telling him to swim to shore on his own, which seemed the only possibility of either of us making it. When he refused, I told him that if he continued to try and pull the raft, he might be losing his life to save only a few months of mine.
But that seemed to make him even more determined, and the next thing I remember is the miracle of being on a beach, and people putting me onto a stretcher.
In the morning I woke up in the home of Jessica Braeden, a woman Ramon had told me was a millionairess who'd attempted suicide after a painful and highly publicized divorce.
Could see how flawed judgment might have caused her to marry the wrong man, as her assessment of Ramon was that she found him shy.
That he had designs on her became immediately apparent when he arrived here this morning - the beard shaven off.  He is no longer on vacation from fortune hunting, and I just can't let him take Jessica in.  She is far too vulnerable.
On the other hand, this is the man who saved my life by risking his own, and the fact that he's lost everything is partly my fault.  I know too much about boats to have reacted without thinking, and just got overexcited about the big fish.
He took her dancing tonight, and I was out on the beach testing out my bad leg (read, waiting for them to come home), and witnessed him kissing her. Ramon rightly called me a voyeur, but for the wrong reason.
I'd been muddling around all day, trying to decide how to play this. I owe him my life- and also like him very much, so I told him that I wouldn't do anything to prevent his courting Jessica, or expose him as a giggolo but I was interested in her myself.
That was raindrops on the sea to him, and he told me - in the most friendly way - that I was in over my head. How true, how true, but trying to detract her from his clutches is the only way I can act with fairness to both.

Puerto Vallarta
Friday - Saturday, June 11 - 12

Jessica has been keeping a low profile here, feeling that everyone is observing her, but when we were out today, she spotted a dear friend she'd gone to finishing school in Switzerland with, and told me that her old classmate had also recently been through a messy divorce.
Francesca asked us to join her for lunch, and it turns out that she's now married to an Italian count. When she mentioned living in Trieste, I told her that I'd been racing there recently, and she lit up and said that if I'd still be in Mexico next week, I must participate in a motor race she sponsors every year.
Explained that I didn't have a car available, and Jessica chimed in that there was still an old Mastin road racer at her own home, just north of Acapulco. She was sure, because she had just been reading through her property inventories. That caused a note of gloom, and the Countess interjected and said that I must come to her home for dinner as soon as I arrived for the race - as if it were now all a fait accomplit.
When we got home, Jessica rang the care taker in Acapulco, and asked him to have a mechanic get the Mastin ready for me. But despite the excitement over this possibility of participating in a race without it being organized by Pete, I am feeling even more guilty and confused about Jessica.
Though it's clear that I've fended Ramon off, and she's enjoying the pleasure of his company without losing her heart, Jessica is clearly getting emotionally involved with me, and I have no one to blame but myself if she ends up being hurt after all - and at my hands rather than Ramon's.
Earlier, she asked a frighteningly perceptive question about whether I had lost someone, and I started to wonder if I'm a walking advertisement for the predicament that made me leave San Francisco. If Jessica, who described Ramon as shy, could observe this in me, I need to harden up.
No one said it was an easy situation, and when you plunge yourself head first into a moral dilemma, it's near impossible to do the right thing. For starters, though, I've moved back to the hotel.

Puerto Vallarta
Sunday, June 13

Things started coming to a head today, and I know that, while playing a kind of poker game with Ramon, I'm also playing with Jessica's heart.
We all went out fishing this morning, at first in good spirits, but some barb I made sent Ramon down below in a last-straw kind of huff. To appease him, Jessica followed, and when she returned topside, she was white as a sheet, and looked barely able to hold herself together.
I've intervened too much to take another step in this, and we returned home in virtual silence, Jessica going below for most of the ride back.
Rang Pete at his father's place, and told him about the Acapulco race. He said he'll be flying back to Monaco on Wednesday, and if I joined him, we'd be able to talk about the team.

Journal continued in next column



Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
Paul charters Ramon's boat for a day of fishing
Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
They make friends
Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
After the boat explodes, they are nearly lost at sea
Tippi Hedren, Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
A shaven Ramon invites Jessica dancing
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When Ramon kisses her, Jessica is distressed
Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
Paul points out what Jessica has gone through
Tippi Hedren, and Ben Gazzara in Run for Your Life
Jessica tells Paul that unlike most men, she think he's a
Paul is amused by Ramon's failure
 in Run for Your Life in Run for Your Life
Ramon's revelation leaves both in shock
Ben Gazzara and Fernando Lamas in Run for Your Life
Paul and Ramon agree to meet again
Tippi Hedren, and Ben Gazzara in Run for Your Life
Jessica says she'll remember how Paul made her feel

Puerto Vallarta
Monday, June 14

Ramon shocked me this morning by saying that he was leaving for Europe, but as an act of faith, we've made a pact to go fishing next May 14 in Puerto Zaguaro.
Couldn't reach Jessica all day, but her maid said that I should call over in the evening, and with Dick and Maria having meantime arrived, I went out fishing on their boat.
All seemed right with the world, and then came a radio message that someone in San Francisco was urgently trying to reach me. I asked Maria to check it out, and she came back with the message, “the yellow fish is ready to mount on the wall.”
Angie Zeno was dead. I threw off my shoes and dived into the water.  Dick and Maria obviously thought I was crazy, but I felt reborn. Talked to Jim Seaborne on the phone when we got back, and he said it was best if I returned to San Francisco immediately to record a deposition. I am not a suspect, he assured, but it was better to make things tidy.
Spent the evening with Jessica, and all the strange behavior of herself and Ramon is now explained. She revealed that he told her on the boat yesterday about my prognosis.
Though like a wounded dove, she was stronger than I expected. I knew in my heart that I could be responsible for a second suicide attempt, but she appeared very much in balance, and ready to start her life again, seemingly undamaged despite allowing herself to become attached to someone who could not remain with her.

JULY 15, IRELATING ONLY TO THE END OF "The Savage Season," STORY CAN BE FOUND IN THE THIRD COLUMN OF RAPTURE AT TWO FORTY

Next Journal Entry:


The plot:

Paul has chartered Ramon de Vega's boat for fishing on the Sea of Cortez in Mexico, but afterwards, Ramon says it's on the house, and they become pals.

They go out for a drink, and the irrepressible Ramon comments that even though he's grown a beard, the women won't leave him alone.

He says he's on vacation from his work - which he explains to a bemused Paul  is women.

He treats them royally, giving everything until the day that an “emergency” arises on his ranch requiring cash which is not ready.

He tells Paul that he's an illusion, and women see in him what they want him to be. When he disappears, it's only like a dream ending.

The next day before they go out fishing, a woman asks Ramon if his boat is for hire, and he brusquely tells her no.

Later, at sea, he reveals to Paul that she is millionairess Jessica Braeden who'd just gone through a difficult divorce; however, he is “on vacation,” and doesn't plan to romance her.

Just then Ramon spots a super fish, and gives Paul a command to stop the engine, but his actions result in blowing it up, Paul is injured, and Ramon drags him into a life raft, then tries to pull it through the water.

Their situation is perilous, and Paul tells Ramon to save himself - to leave him, and swim to shore on his own.

As persuasion, he reveals that he is dying, but Ramon states that's an even greater reason to save him, and they finally make it to shore near the property of Jessica where Paul gets medical treatment and a bed.

Ramon leaves, and in their initial conversation, Jessica tells Paul she thinks his friend is shy.

The next day Ramon arrives with his beard gone, full of charm with Jessica. With his boat gone, he must “go back to work,” and her millions are obviously his target. He invites her to go dancing with him, and she accepts.

After he is gone, she talks about Ramon with Paul, and wonders if he knows about her vulnerable situation.

That evening Jessica and Ramon enjoy the flamenco dancing, but when he asks her to take the floor with him, Jessica panics, and asks him to take her home.

She obviously warms to him, but when Ramon attempts to kiss her on the beach, she tells him that her reactions are all mixed up, and asks to walk back alone.

Paul walks up the beach, having witnessed the scene. He tries to deter Ramon, pointing out that Jessica is in a fragile state after her divorce, and even tried to kill herself.

But Ramon is to win Jessica in order to refill his coffers. Paul replies that while he won't reveal Ramon's motives in deference to the fact that he saved Paul's life, the field will not be open, and he intends to court Jessica himself.  “If this is a challenge,” Ramon retorts, “then you're in over your head.”

They each spend time with Jessica, but during a cock fight, she again suddenly asks Ramono to take her home.

In an intimate moment with Paul, she asks him who he is, and he replies that hedoesn't know anymore.

When she questions whether he's lost someone, his answer is, “yes, in a way,” referring to life as he knew it. A romance is clearly developing between them.

But Ramon hasn't given up, and takes on Paul's challenge with enthusiasm. He rents a boat to go fishing, intending to impress Jessica at Paul's expense. The conversation is full of double entendre.

Paul struggles with a fish, then mutters something about professional versus talented amateur, and Jessica enjoys herself driving the boat. She is delighted and impressed by Ramon's duel with a giant swordfish, but in the end, the line breaks and he loses it.

In a fit of temper he goes below as a smug Paul remarks pointedly, “some of them get away, amigo.”

Jessica goes down to assuage Ramon, and he immediately tells her to pack and come away with him to the Costa Brava. He tells her that she must know how he feels about her, and that she must come back into the world.

But she declines, and he asks, “Paul?” She nods, and Ramon breaks out passionately, telling her that Paul is dying, then apologizes for divulging the news - with apparent sincerity.

Later, Ramon asks Paul, “do you realize, I lost my chance to retire for life on account of you?”  But Paul counters, “I'm glad, think of all those women out there who would never have their dreams come true.”

Then it is Ramon telling Paul to let Jessica down gently. Just before leaving for Bavaria. He intends to try his luck with the ladies on the ski slopes, he makes a pact with Paul to meet in the same place one year hence. Walking on the beach together, Paul and Jessica embrace, and she asks him if he's saying goodbye.

She reveals that Ramon told her about Paul's secret, but she wants him to stay. She says she never cried when her husband left her, but did for Paul's situation, and then for herself, knowing she couldn't keep him with her.

He tells her that he wants to spend the time he has left avoiding reality among strangers who don't know he is dying - that if things move fast enough and the days are full enough, he can live in the illusion that he's no different than anyone else. And both will leave Mexico to live their lives separately.


Notes & Comments: The roguish charm of Fernando Lamas carries this often jocular episode with a bittersweet melancholy at its center. Leisurely in pace, it does contain an explosion at sea which nearly takes Paul pre-prematurely, but is nevertheless a rather lack-lustre episode. So early in the life of the series, this fact may well have denied the show many viewers who checked it out once and never came back.




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Creative Team

Title Song sung by
Sue Rainey

Producer
     Jo Swerling Jr.
Associate Producer
     Paul Freeman
Theme
     Pete Rugolo
Director of Photography
     Lionel Lindon A.S.C.
Art Director
     Frank Arrrigo
Film Editor
     Carl Pingitore
Unit Manager
     Willard Sheldon
Assistant Director
     Donald Baer
Set Decorators
     John McCartey  &
     Perry Murdoch
Sound
     Melvin M. Metcalfe, Sr.
Color  Coordinator
     Robert Brower
Color by Pathe
Editorial Dept. Head
     David J. O'Connell
Musical Supervisor
     Stanley Wilson
Costumes by Burton Miller
Makeup
     Bud Westmore
Hair Stylist
     Larry Germain


Tippi Hedren  in Run for Your Life
Tippi Hedren
as Jessica Braden
 Fernando Lamas
a  in Run for Your Life in Run for Your Life
 Fernando Lamas
as Ramon de Vega
Henry Beckman
  in Run for Your Life in Run for Your Life
Henry Beckman
as Mr. Jansen
Maureen Leeds in Run for Your Life
Maureen Leeds
as Mrs. Jansen
Margarita Cordova in Run for Your Life
Margarita Cordova
as the Dancer
Mark Miranda in Run for Your Life
Mark Miranda
as the Boy

LINKS TO OTHER EPISODE PAGES (IN DIARY ORDER)



1  Journey into Yesterday          2  Who's Watching the Fleshpot?          3  Never Pick Up a Stranger          4  This Town for Sale          5  The Girl Next Door Is A Spy

          6  The Savage Season          7  Someone Who Makes Me Feel Beautiful          8  Rapture at Two Forty          9  Three Passengers for the Lusitania

10  Hang Down Your Head And Laugh          11  The Borders of Barbarism          12  The Committee for the 25th          13  Beware My Love          14  Carnival Ends at Midnight

15  The Last Safari          16  Tell It to the Dead          17  Make the Angels Weep          18  Hoodlums on Wheels          19  Who's Che Guevara?

20  How to Sell Your Soul for Fun and Profit21  The Sadness of a Happy Time          22  Sequestro (Part 1)          23  Sequestro (Part 2)          24  The Shock of Recognition

25  A Girl Named Sorrow          26  Flight From Tirana          27  The Dark Beyond the Door          28  A Rage For Justice          29  The Day Time Stopped

30  I Am the Late Diana Hays          31  The Savage Machines          32  The Edge of the Volcano          33  The Mustafa Embrace

34  Time and a Half on Christmas Eve          35  The Exchange          36  The Assassin          37  Where Mystery Begins          38  Night Train from Chicago

39  Carol          40  Tears from a Glass Eye          41  Life Among the Meat Eaters          42  Fly by Night          43  In Search of April          44  The Frozen Image

45  Sara-Jane, You Never Whispered Again          46  The Cold, Cold War of Paul Bryan          47  The Grotenberg Mask          48  The Man Who Had No Enemies

49  The Calculus of Chaos          50  Tell It Like It Is          51  The Cruel Fountain          52  The Company of Scoundrels

53  The Night of the Terror          54  The Rediscovery of Charlotte Hyde          55  Strangers at the Door          56  The Time of the Sharks

57  Rendezvous in Tokyo          58  Baby, the World's on Fire          59  The Treasure Seekers          60  Down with Willy Hatch

61  A Game of Violence          62  A Very Small Injustice          63  A Dangerous Proposal          64  Our Man in Limbo          65  The Voice of Gina Milan

66  The List of Alice McKenna          67  The Sex Object          68  The Inhuman Predicament          69  Better World Next Time

70  The Carpella Collection          71  Cry Hard, Cry Fast 1          72  Cry Hard, Cry Fast 2          73  The Word Would Be Goodbye

74  One Bad Turn          75  Don't Count on Tomorrow          76  The Naked Half Truth          77  The Rape of Lucrece

78  The Face of the Antagonist          79  East of the Equator          80  The Killing Scene          81  A Choice of Evils

82  The Dead on Furlough  (Strategy of Terror)          86  Keep My Share of the World          84  Trip to the Far Side

          85  It Could Only Happen in Rome          86  At the End of the Rainbow There's Another Rainbow






rk Miranda
as the Boy