Tod and Buz, driving through rural Missouri "about four hours out of Kansas City", decide to detour and go fishing. On the way they pick up a "Jonah" who carries "slapstick" bad luck ... See full summary »
Tod and Buz, driving through rural Missouri "about four hours out of Kansas City", decide to detour and go fishing. On the way they pick up a "Jonah" who carries "slapstick" bad luck wherever he goes. Unknowingly, he also carries an engagement ring which will determine whether or not his brother will be freed. Written by
Martin Milnercharacter shows no interest in the fishing taking place all during the episode. Leaving it to Jonah and Buz to fish. In real life, Milner was such and avid Angler he hosted his own radio show 'Let's Talk Hook-Up' See more »
Homage To Slapstick ("You Get The Feeling This Whole Thing Isn't For Real"?)
Route 66 routinely dealt with much heavier fare such as drug addiction, mental illness, post-war changes, political/fanatical activism, and, well you name it. Usually, the show handled diversity exceptionally well as the writing was top-shelf. Viewers were usually treated to stories using both rising stars and established ones. Route 66, besides the excellent Milner and Maharris, had no trouble attracting Hollywood's best. Route 66, shot on location, was, and is to this day, a joy to watch.
Seeking diversity on occasion led to some "odd-ball" episodes, none were more so than "Journey To Ninevah" which was the producers homage to the long past slapstick comedy of the 20's and 30's. Two of the finest actors of that era were Joe E. Brown and Buster Keaton who show up here for something so different it can only be called "jarring". At a time where the producers were trying desperately to keep Maharris from leaving I guess it seemed like a good thing to give everyone some comic relief. The problem here is the extremely lightweight story and writing which didn't really showcase the two guest stars in their finest light. Still, I can imagine as a family show the episode was especially aimed at kids in addition to being a kind of love letter to slapstick. In the end it was still entertaining. Using period music and the supporting stars including John Aston, Edgar Buchanan, and Jenny Maxwell (eye candy)the episode largely overcomes the lameness of the story. The ending with the surreal birthday cake is truly the icing on this "cake".
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