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"Route 66" Love Is a Skinny Kid (1962)

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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
6 April 1962 (Season 2, Episode 25)
A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles

George Maharis ... Buz Murdock

Tuesday Weld ... Miriam

Cloris Leachman ... Lydia

Malcolm Atterbury ... Sheriff Bruner
Harry Townes ... Jason Palmer
Margaret Phillips ... Mrs. Bainbridge
Harry Raybould ... Les
Charlie Briggs ... Jed

Burt Reynolds ... Tommy
Joan Chambers ... Waitress

Veronica Cartwright ... Miriam (Age 9)
Cheryl Anderson ... Janie (Age 9)
Patti Newby ... Janie (Grown-Up) (as Pat Newby)
Cece Whitney ... Woman (as Ce Ce Whitney)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Patrick Cranshaw ... Alfred (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
James Sheldon 
Writing credits
Stirling Silliphant (writer)

Herbert B. Leonard (creator) and
Stirling Silliphant (creator)

Produced by
Mort Abrahams .... producer
Herbert B. Leonard .... executive producer
Herbert E. Stewart .... associate producer (as Herb Stewart)
Original Music by
Nelson Riddle 
Cinematography by
Irving Lippman (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harry Coswick 
Art Direction by
John T. McCormack 
Set Decoration by
William F. Calvert  (as William Calvert)
Makeup Department
Abe Haberman .... makeup artist
Production Management
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Lukather .... assistant director
Art Department
Arthur Wasson .... property master
Sound Department
Jim Bullock .... sound effects editor
Paul Franz .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Ira Anderson Jr. .... special effects (as Ira Anderson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Johannes .... camera operator
Harold Sanders .... key grip
Virgil Thompson .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Arrico .... costumer
Editorial Department
Aaron Nibley .... supervising film editor
Music Department
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (as Edward J. Forsyth)
Gil Grau .... orchestrator
Jack Lee .... musician contractor
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor
Willetta Leonard .... assistant to producer
Howard Rodman .... story supervisor
Robert Maharis .... location manager (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Herbert B. Leonard  creator
Stirling Silliphant  creator

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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Filming Locations:

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Revealing mistakes: The masked woman places a half-page newspaper ad, yet the sheriff is able to read entire ad without opening it up while newspaper is folded in quarters.See more »


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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
The Mask, 24 August 2008
Author: rwint1611 from Indianapolis, Indiana

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode has a really terrific and intriguing set-up. It deals with a woman (Weld) who gets off of a bus wearing a dreadful mask that she refuses to take off and thus sends the small Texas town into a complete frenzy.

This episode stands out with some good and memorable imagery. The mask is one, which is incredibly macabre and creepy looking. The other is a scene where the Weld character burns a doll on a stake on the front lawn of her parent's house.

This is also one episode that makes terrific use of its location and nicely interweaves it into the story. A real good example of this is the sound of the wind blowing off the flat and desolate Texas plains as the Weld character talks with a woman who now lives in the house that she once grew up in.

The story touches on some good issues, namely going back to conquer one's childhood demons as well as the need to satisfy ones need for vengeance as well as learning to forgive and move on. The plot though has enough complex and shocking story lines to it that fifty minutes just does not do it justice. This is the kind of story that deserved a two part episode and could easily have been made into a feature length film or hardcover novel.

Burt Reynolds appears briefly as a punk who harasses Weld and then ends up in a fist fight with Buz. Weld is a great actress, but here after she takes off her mask, she doesn't seem quite as compelling. It is really Cloris Leachman who steals the show as the heartless and cold mother, especially at the end.

This episode also features a great line of dialogue. The town's newspaper editor advises Weld that she will have to take off the mask because it will frighten too many people. Weld then points to all the townspeople standing outside and replies "I'll take off my mask when you have them take off theirs."

Grade: A-

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