Buz and Tod warily transport a horse with a reputation as a killer to its new owner, whose family is as dysfunctional as any clan Tennessee Williams conjured up. The owner's sensuous wife ... See full summary »

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Buz and Tod warily transport a horse with a reputation as a killer to its new owner, whose family is as dysfunctional as any clan Tennessee Williams conjured up. The owner's sensuous wife Blossom Bludge toys with Buz poolside, as she explains why she chose her power-crazed husband over her passive brother-in-law. A third brother, the brawny Cam Bludge, stands brooding and mute as the owner struggles to break the stallion, the way he tamed his own family. As usual, the episode features superb on-location photography, this time in Butte, Montana. Written by David Stevens

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This is the second episode that both Suzanne Pleshette and Harry Rhett Townes are in. They both were in the Season 1 episode "The Strengthening Angels". See more »

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9/29/61: "Blue Murder"
27 April 2015 | by (N Syracuse NY) – See all my reviews

The second season of Route 66 may have been the best season any show ever had, with one memorable episode after another. But this one stands out as an unmemorable one. The boys are still in Montana. They've been working on a ranch where a horse called "Blue Murder" has killed a cowboy- who had been whipping him with a chain. The owner has sold it to another ranch, owned by the oldest of three brothers. This fellow is played by Gene Evans of the previous season's "A Skill for Hunting". He's nearly as arrogant here as he was in that episode. A younger brother, (Harry Townes) owns a smaller ranch and a third brother, (Claude Akins), is a blacksmith. Suzanne Pleshette is the sexy but bored wife of Evans, who spends most of her time reclining beside the pool her husband built for her, dreaming of trips to New York to "shop and see all the shows", (she just missed Anne Francis).

When it's all over the horse has killed three more men but Tod suspects it's not all the horse's fault. It then becomes a very predictable who-done-it. ZZZZzzzz….


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