Tod is employed as a general factotum for an award winning novelist, in Hernando, Mississippi. He is a minor bystander in the story of the author's daughter who murders her husband. Her ... See full summary »
Tod is employed as a general factotum for an award winning novelist, in Hernando, Mississippi. He is a minor bystander in the story of the author's daughter who murders her husband. Her motive for the killing is unknown and a bombshell when revealed. Buz is not seen - he is "healing" in an unnamed location. Written by
For the four seasons Route 66 aired on the CBS television network, some local CBS affiliates assisted in the show's production. A news remote truck and news cameras from WREC-TV (Memphis, Tennessee) were used in this particular episode. The station's call letters were changed to WREG-TV in 1971 and, as of September 2011, is still a CBS affiliate. See more »
[spoken to Tod Stiles, paraphrasing the name of a 1960 movie]
"How are all the brave young cannibals?"
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Todd now has a cushy if demanding job as a secretary/chauffeur for a Faulkner-like novelist. He even has his own office with a cup of hot coffee waiting for him when arrives for work each day. In the first scene he takes some time to write a later to Buz describing his situation.
The novelist, (Barry Sullivan), has a beautiful daughter, (Laura Devon, who was last seen in the season premiere, "One Tiger to a Hill"). She is first seen shooting her husband in the presence of an old flame he has apparently rekindled his relationship with. She gets put on trial which, with her father's notoriety, becomes a media circus. Todd spends the episode on the periphery of this, jousting with a columnist played by Vivien Blaine, who gets to utter the title line, saying that we're all here to provide a mixture of laughs and tears. Warren Stephens plays another journalist, even more jaded than the rest who has a dalliance with a local young lady and then beats up her husband when he objects, (due to a greater familiarity with the martial arts). Neither of those sub- plots connect directly to the main story, where we find out that all is not quite what it seems. The ending suggests a tolerance for mercy killing that wound be controversial now: it must have been even moreso then.
There's nothing here to suggest the original presence of Buz in an earlier version of this script.
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