Route 66: Season 1, Episode 24

Don't Count Stars (28 Apr. 1961)

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Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz ... See full summary »

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Dan Duryea ...
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Susan Melvin ...
Linda McKay
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Oliver McGowan ...
Ernie Bassard
Mary Jackson ...
Judge Mary Lindstrom
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Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz to help her. The objective is to sober him up so he can remain her guardian. The man is not cooperative and is hiding a secret. Written by dubchi

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Poignant Premise
6 February 2015 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Pretty good emotional drama. Little Linda has inherited a big hotel from her dead parents, and now lives with her uncle Mike (Duryea). Trouble is Mike's an alcoholic who's frittering away Linda's inheritance. Now the lawyer-executor (Taylor) wants to dump the irresponsible uncle and place Linda with caring adoptive parents. However, Linda enlists Buzz and Tod to help keep her and her beloved uncle together. But can they or, more importantly, should they.

Little Linda's supposed to be 10 but acts like she's 30. Still, it's an endearing performance without getting sappy. Great photography of a modernistic San Diego as backdrop. Duryea gets to show his acting chops, apart from those iconic noir roles of the 1940's. His Uncle Mike looks and acts like he's at the bottom of an emotional barrel. In my little book, there's been nobody quite like this wonderful actor who specialized in dislikable characters, apparently a long way from his real personality (IMDB). Tod and Buzz are Tod and Buzz, the rocks of help that little Linda needs, but they can't be sure just what will help. No romantic entanglements here despite the Gidget-like opening. All in all, it's an engaging episode, well conceived, acted, and photographed.


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