The episode: “Kitten with a Whip,” ep. 615
The riff: Dubbed in a girly voice by Tom as a fleeing Ann-Margret (in her first role) jumps aboard a passing freight train while being chased by police.
The explanation: This is a parody of the 1932 crime drama film “I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang,” itself an adaptation of the book “I Am a Fugitive From a Georgia Chain Gang” by Robert Elliot Burns. The book told the story of Burns’ imprisonment in a southern chain gang in the 1920s and the deplorable conditions he endured there. Together, the book and the film were able to raise awareness and foster change in the prison systems of the south.
Novelty factor: I’ve never seen this film, but I had a general idea of what the riff meant. I knew that they were referring to an old film on this one.