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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Episode cast overview:
Tod Stiles / Paul Kades
Colonel Zaman
Arnold Moss ...
Frank Campanella ...
Mr. Pierson
Jack Dabdoub ...


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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There are unconfirmed reports indicating the segment was rescheduled to air on March 20, 1964 on CBS. However, some television listings from that date (including the New York Times and the Seattle Times) printed a story description from a different episode Route 66: Hey, Moth, Come Eat the Flame (1962). See more »

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Milner Plays a Bad Guy
4 July 2008 | by (Indianapolis, Indiana) – See all my reviews

This episode did not air during the series original run due to its similarity to the then recent Kennedy assassination and was eventually broadcast 4 months later. It involves a killer with an almost identical resemblance to Todd who is hired to assassinate a visiting Arabian King while he tours Niagra Falls.

One of the best aspects of this series was the fact that, by and large, the characters and story lines dealt with very real and universal issues yet this episode seems to throw all that out the window. The problem is the fact the killer looks EXACTLY like Todd with absolutely no distinguishable differences. Some other series have dealt with someone looking similar to one of the series cast, but they usually have SOMETHING that is slightly different about them whether it is a different hairstyle, mustache, glasses, or accent. This guy even sounds exactly like Todd as Linc talks to him on the phone and doesn't in the least sense that anything is wrong. This is just not realistic at all. Yes people can sometimes resemble someone else, but there are usually always some differences even small ones, there HAS to be. The episode is simply using this scenario to create a broad metaphor about what separates us and turns some to the dark side, but even this doesn't get tackled as deeply as it should. Overall this episode works too much off of one gimmick and never goes any further. It also resembles the film THE PARALLAX VIEW, which as a story is much better.

For what it is worth Milner seems to do a pretty good job in the bad guy role and this may be his best performance of the entire series. It is also fun to see Louise in a small role as well as Loggia dressed up to look like he is of Arabian descent and speaking in an accent.

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