Route 66 (1960–1964)
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First-Class Mouliak 

Tod and Buz,working in Cleveland,Ohio as laborers in a foundry,are exposed to the close-knit world of Polish ethnic life by their Supervisor.Steeped in Old World tradition,he has dominated ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Tod Stiles
Buz Murdock
Peggy Feury ...
Anna Palinski
Ann Dee ...
Teresa Palinski
Russell K. Kriss ...


Tod and Buz,working in Cleveland,Ohio as laborers in a foundry,are exposed to the close-knit world of Polish ethnic life by their Supervisor.Steeped in Old World tradition,he has dominated the lives of his children.When a fellow Pole's daughter disappears it leads to the discovery of his son's involvement. Written by dubchi

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20 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Despite his fame in later years and a prominent roll in this story, Robert Redford's name isn't mentioned in the opening credits. See more »


In season 2 the new 1962 Corvette appeared in the previous show 'birdcage on my foot', but here it is back to the 1961 model. Because the show was actually filmed on location it appears that this show was shot at the same time as 'Incident on the bridge', the last show of season 1. See more »

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10/20/61: "First Class Mouliak"
30 April 2015 | by See all my reviews

Suddenly they are back in Cleveland and with Nehemiah Persoff back in the cast, just like the last episode of season 1, ("Incident on a Bridge"). It makes me wonder if this was intended to be a first season episode but they postponed it to the second season, perhaps because they didn't want Persoff to be playing different roles in successive episodes. This is famous as the episode with a young Robert Redford, who seems to have borrowed some of Richard Kimble's black hair dye. Redford was a contender to play Tod Stiles in this show but lost out to Martin Milner. The episode also has Nancy Malone, on loan from that other Leonard/Silliphant production. "Naked City", where she played Adam Flint's, (Paul Burke's) actress/girlfriend. Finally, this episode was directed by William Conrad, radio's Matt Dillon and TV's "Cannon".

The story is a simple one, almost abbreviated. Redford has a spat with his girlfriend, who runs from him not because she's in danger but just because she's upset, and falls into a ravine. She dies from the fall. That's a problem in itself but their fathers are business partners and best friends. This drives a wedge between them, especially since Redford has fled in fear, leaving the impression that he pushed the girl off the cliff. Our heroes are almost bit players, employees of the partners who help to find Redford and keep his father from strangling him so he can break down and explain. The episode then abruptly ends, before we can see how Balsam will react to this version of what happened.

What is a Mouliak? Here's an interesting discussion of the word, and the show: 9098 I'd guess it refers to what Persoff and Balsam's characters think of each other- at the beginning of the show.

One of the great things about Route 66 is that it was filmed in actual locations around the country. There are many people who remember when Route 66 came to their town. There's a lengthy thread on the message board for this show by Robert Spear that tells of his experiences helping the crew set up for a fourth season episode called "Same Frame, Different Picture". I came across a page on the web describing the locations used for "First Class Mouliak": A great book could be put together of pictures and reminiscences such as this about when Route 66 came to the small towns across America.

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