Tod and Buz travel to Squaw Valley, California for "some work and some fun". They barely settle in on their new jobs at the Squaw Valley Ski Lodge when the dead body of a female skier is ... See full summary »

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Armand Fontaine
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Penny Foster
Rod Dana ...
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Nancy Downey ...
Shirley Hughes
Terry Huntingdon ...
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Denny Niles ...
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Ulla Strömstedt ...
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Ann Warner ...
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Keith Wegeman ...
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Otto Weller
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Tod and Buz travel to Squaw Valley, California for "some work and some fun". They barely settle in on their new jobs at the Squaw Valley Ski Lodge when the dead body of a female skier is found out on the slopes. The perpetrator, a mentally defective guest at the lodge, goes undetected and may seek another victim. Written by dubchi

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24 March 1961 (USA)  »

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Filmed and aired several months after the 1960 Winter Olympic Games was held in Squaw Valley, California. See more »

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Mr. Fontaine: Armand!
Armand Fontaine: Father? Oh Father, please make them go away.
Mr. Fontaine: We must go, Armand. Not they. You and I. We must go home.
Armand Fontaine: No. I want Penny. Please send Penny to me. I promise I'll be gentle. I won't hurt her. I won't hurt her the way you hurt Mother.
Mr. Fontaine: I've told you ten thousand times, Armand. I did not kill your mother. That's only something in your mind. A fantasy. It never happened.
Armand Fontaine: I was with you. I saw it! She was there, and the other man. She laughed at you, and she laughed at me. She didn't even care...
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3/24/61: "Effigy in Snow"
16 April 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

The idea of basing an episode in Squaw Valley months after the 1960 Olympics were held there was a good one. Too bad Stirling Silliphant couldn't come up with a better story than this. It's about an apparently charming psychopath who falls in love with women who remind him of his mother and then kills them when they don't live up to his idealized image of her. The baddie is played by Scott Marlowe, a handsome, talented young actor whose career never really took off. His intended victim is the lovely Jeanne Bal. George McCready shows up as his father, playing a similar role to the Donald Pleasance character in the Halloween series, warning of the danger.

The story is clichéd and probably a highly inaccurate portrayal of mental illness. It also has nothing to do with the beautiful surroundings and turns what should have been an upbeat, fun episode into a dismal downer.


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