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

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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) (complete, awaiting verification)

Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles

George Maharis ... Buz Murdock

Tuesday Weld ... Miriam Moore

Cloris Leachman ... Lydia Manning

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

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

Veronica Cartwright ... Miriam Moore (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 (written by)

Herbert B. Leonard (created by) and
Stirling Silliphant (created by)

Howard Rodman (story supervisor)

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
Sam Manners .... in charge of production
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 .... conductor
Nelson Riddle .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Alfred Schultz .... transportation captain
Other crew
Jack Gannon .... script supervisor
Willetta Leonard .... assistant to producer
Robert Maharis .... location manager (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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

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Factual errors: Tod says "Madame Lefarge." It's Madame Defarge (Tale of Two Cities, Dickens).See more »


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4/6/62 "Love is a Skinny Kid", 19 June 2015
Author: schappe1 from N Syracuse NY

Tod and Buz are in a small Texas town getting some minor repairs done on the car when a bus pulls up and a young woman wearing a mask steps out. She walks down the street, causing all heads to turn. She starts getting harassed by the local toughs and so naturally the boys have to intervene. They take an interest in her that is not responded to. She marches to the local paper, (run by Harry Towns in a small role for him), and places an ad, inviting everyone to a ceremony where she ties a doll to a tree and burns it. It nearly starts a riot. Somebody says something about a young girl who died years ago. Tod and Buz try to find out the back story but are told it's not their business. The sheriff intervenes and demands the woman take her mask off and identify herself. She does the former and we see it's Tuesday Weld. But she still won't reveal her identity, although she goes to the grave of a girl who lived from 1937-1952. Is she that girl? Does she know that girl? Does she know why she died?

This one reminded me of "Black September", the pilot/premiere, (there's even a tree involved) and also of both "Welcome to Amity" (6/9/61) and "Burning for Burning" (12/29/61), in both of which a pretty blonde woman comes to a small town where she isn't welcome by anybody, (and thus Tod and Buz take her side). I think this is the best of those and when the secret is revealed and they go to the closing credits with a freeze frame of that mask, it leaves quite an impression.

Cloris Leachman, a decade away from "The Last Picture Show" and "Phyllis", plays the mother of the 'deceased' child and has a great breakdown scene at the end. The chief thug is played by Burt Reynolds, between his "Riverboat" and "Gunsmoke" gigs. When George Maharis left this series, Reynolds was offered the chance to replace him but turned it down, preferring to play an original character in Quint Asper. So they gave the job to Glen Corbett instead. (Robert Redford narrowly lost the "Tod" role to Martin Milner: the series could have had two future movie stars in that corvette: but they wouldn't have been better actors than Milner and Maharis). Burt Reynolds was smart guy and a good actor but his manor seems gruffer and more down-to-earth than Maharis, (both of whom were frequently compared to Marlon Brando). It's hard to imagine him speaking Stirling Silliphant's poetic dialog the way Maharis could, (but then Glenn Corbett couldn't either).

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