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 ...
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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
In the Old Testament, Jonah was ordered by God to go to Nineveh to warn the people their city would be destroyed if the people there did not repent of their sins. Jonah refused to go and instead decided to run away at sea. During a massive storm he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish. Jonah repented for his disobedience and was released on shore where he finally made the journey to Nineveh. See more »
A reviewer incorrectly states this episode's slapstick comedy was "obsolete" in 1962. Nothing could be further from fact! Not only were The Three Stooges riding high on their comeback, Jerry Lewis was a major movie box-office draw; Red Skelton was enjoying continued TV success; this episode boasts a brief appearance by John Astin, then-soon to co-star on TV's I'm Dickens-He's Fenster, another throw-back to classic comedy. It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963) is an orgy of broad, physical comedy. The still-living Stan Laurel was awarded an honorary Oscar thanks partly to the revival movie archivist Robert Youngson presented in his popular compilations containing Laurel & Hardy among others. Bob Denver & Alan Hale imitated L&H on TV's hit, Gilligan's Island. Definitely this type of humor is a departure for Route 66, yet many a recent dramatic TV series has made one or more light-hearted episodes in contrast to more serious episodes. This one happens to boast two "old-school" greats. I'd have rated it a "9" if Joe E. Brown had been allowed his trademark wide-open mouthed "HEY!!!" Buster Keaton gets the lion's share of the hijinks in a nice continuation of his long-established cinema persona as the nearly luck-less sap who just can't seem to ever get a break. I liked his appearance here better than the Twilight Zone episode he starred in (speaking of serious TV shows to sometimes make a humorous departure or two).
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