Route 66: Season 4, Episode 21

I'm Here to Kill a King (1963)

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Tod and Linc, working at Niagara Falls, find some odd incidents puzzling. Tod eventually learns he has a double who looks and sounds exactly like him. The "evil twin" is a cold blooded hit ... See full summary »

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Tod Stiles / Paul Kades
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Colonel Zaman
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Robin
Arnold Moss ...
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Frank Campanella ...
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Tod and Linc, working at Niagara Falls, find some odd incidents puzzling. Tod eventually learns he has a double who looks and sounds exactly like him. The "evil twin" is a cold blooded hit man with the assignment of killing a visiting Arab king. Tod is kidnapped and his job at the Falls used as a venue for the hit. Written by dubchi

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This segment was filmed in the fall of 1963 and scheduled to air on CBS November 29, 1963. Because the storyline was extremely coincidental to the November 22, 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, CBS pulled the segment. The segment has appeared in syndication. As of this posting, Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Retro Television Network (RTV) aired the episode on November 11, 2011, which was shown after the show's two-part finale. See more »

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Life imitates art
7 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Amazingly and tragically the Route 66 episode entitled: I'm here to kill a king was about a Todd Stiles (Martin Milner's character) lookalike who is a paid assassin. Also in the episode are Robert Loggia and Tina Louise. The lookalike is paid to kill a visiting Mideastern political dignitary while the foreign politician is taking a stroll through a park. The murder uses a high powered rifle high atop a grassy knoll like area. The blame is then tried to be put on Stiles after he is spotted by the actual assassin in a local store.

Ironically, the episodes original air date was suppose to be November 22,1963, the same day JFK was shot to death. Obviously, the episode did not air on the 22nd. Most if not all television networks were covering Kennedy's death.

The episode did finally air in 1964 after the season & series finally of Route 66. This is one of the greatest examples of life imitating art.


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