Tod and Buz, in Phoenix, Arizona, and looking for work with a crop-dusting company, encounter a combat-scarred, world-weary pilot who is a self-described "Jonah." The pilot hates himself ... See full summary »
Tod and Buz, in Phoenix, Arizona, and looking for work with a crop-dusting company, encounter a combat-scarred, world-weary pilot who is a self-described "Jonah." The pilot hates himself for still being alive and causing others' deaths. Buz' interest in the pilot's chanteuse ex-wife is a side story. Written by
I had heard about Route 66 for years, however, like other shows of the Golden Age of TV, it was inaccessible to me. Thanks to Retro TV, I have just discovered how good it was. One or two of the episodes I have seen have been weak, at least one, ( "A Fury Slinging Flame") , was so far-fetched it bordered on camp. However, others from the first season. ( "Play It Glissando", "Ten Drops of Water", "Strengthening Angels", "Three Sides") have been gripping drama, sometimes with moral and spiritual overtones. One ( " Sleep On Four Pillows") was hilarious.
However, the real highlight of the season so far has been "Fly Away Home.". TV Guide once listed it among the fifty best TV episodes of all time. On seeing it, I would say they were right. Michael Rennie and Dorothy Malone were both magnificent. Our boys, Tod and Buz act more as a chorus to the unfolding tragedy, but that does not render the episode any less gripping, or less vividly written by Silliphant. I have only one complaint. The good folks at retro only showed the second part of the two-part episode. I would love to see both parts someday.
I hope Retro will get around showing to certain other unseen classic shows from The Golden Age. I am thinking of a certain show about an abrasive, dedicated brain surgeon, a certain show about a compassionate but frustrated social worker, and above all, a show about a conscientious, crusading state legislator. Of course, none of these shows had a cool red Corvette.
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