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


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
I'm Just A Visiting Lube Job..., 8 February 2012
Author: AudioFileZ from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

First, I love some of the "off-the-wall" sarcastic dialog scattered in episodes of Route 66 like the heading I've used here which Buz said to a young woman inquiring why he was in the fictional Texas town of Kilkenny Texas (actually filmed in Lewisville,TX). Other funny diatribes include a seemingly ad libbed spiel about "The Teenage Ghoul From Fijiama" - a second time to a dead-pan faced sheriff...And, remarks regarding Buz not hitting everyone in Kilkinny yet and the protagonist being the one who sprinkled salt on Carthage when they plowed it under as well as teaching Madame LaFarge (A Tale of Two Cities)to knit. There's gold in them hills (small details) if you listen and look!

Enough of the minutia...The episode itself is a stand-out. It investigates a mother's, as well as a communities, alienation of an adolescent young girl, resulting in her being institutionalized and claimed as dead. That's a timeless issue as society still wrestles with the tenderness of being an outsider while coming of age and the horrific possibilities which sometimes arise out of revenge. The way it is handled here is dark, but not to the point of hopelessness as this show never fails to blend plenty of entertainment in with whatever human drama it depicts. There is a ton of imagery embedded in the location chosen to use as the canvas which the story evolves from. Kilkenny (Lewisville) is both typical of small town America and haunting in its isolation.

Route 66 is well known to attract great guest stars, established ones and even, more so, those on the rise. This episode is memorable for Tuesday Weld in the main role with colorful support from Burt Reynolds (using his smart mouth as only he can) and (an amazingly cold mother) Cloris Leachman. Not to forget nice portrayals by Malcolm Atterbury (sheriff) and Harry Townes (newspaper editor) who you'll recognize by face. It all adds up to fairly deep and nuanced story and big-screen quality acting rolled into slightly less than an hour. Wow, and I've not even touched on the singularly most unusual, and compelling, device used...That would be the Kabuki style mask worn by Tuesday Weld for most of the first half of the story. It's disturbing and enigmatic to the "nth-degree"! Brilliant! This episode is rich and a must see.

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