Route 66: Season 2, Episode 25

Love Is a Skinny Kid (6 Apr. 1962)

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A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Sheriff Bruner
Harry Townes ...
Jason Palmer
Margaret Phillips ...
Mrs. Bainbridge
Harry Raybould ...
Charlie Briggs ...
Joan Chambers ...
Miriam (Age 9)
Cheryl Anderson ...
Janie (Age 9)
Patti Newby ...
Janie (Grown-Up) (as Pat Newby)
Cece Whitney ...
Woman (as Ce Ce Whitney)


A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the scorned young woman but she refuses his help. Written by David Stevens

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20 November 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

That spooky mask put me back in touch with 50-years ago when I first saw it. The opening here is about as memorable and jarring as any of the series. Why is the woman shaking up a small Texas town by parading around in a grotesque mask. Seems it has to do with growing up there years ago, and settling certain family scores. I agree with another reviewer that there's enough dramatic material here for a two-part episode.

Anyhow, the series strengths are on display, especially the desolate little town and its clapboard houses. This was a time when Hollywood would rather cut its escapist throat than show an unvarnished America. And, yes, that is Cloris Leachman under a ton of uglifying makeup, a part that I expect recommended her for the Oscar winning rural role in The Last Picture Show (1971). Credit a deglamorized Tuesday Weld too, with a tightly controlled turn as the mysterious stranger. And catch a young Burt Reynolds as a local thug. His facial resemblance to Maharis is, I think, noticeable. My only reservation is with elements of the script. Writer Silliphant was unusual for TV of the time with his literate and at times poetical scripts. Here, however, snatches of dialog flirt with the excessive, calling attention to themselves instead of to the character. Nonetheless, it's a memorable 60-minutes of a highly unusual series.

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