Route 66: Season 1, Episode 12

Sheba (6 Jan. 1961)

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A modern version of the old "David and Bathsheba" story in which King David fell in love with a married woman and arranged for her husband to be killed during a battle. Rich cattleman Woody... See full summary »

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Woody Biggs
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Whitney Blake ...
Laura Church
Rico Alaniz ...
Pedro Regal
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Bartender
Raymond Guth ...
Johnny Langway
Doris Karnes ...
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Carol Ohmart ...
Hanna Martin
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A modern version of the old "David and Bathsheba" story in which King David fell in love with a married woman and arranged for her husband to be killed during a battle. Rich cattleman Woody Biggs continues to be rejected by recently widowed Laura Church so he has her framed for embezzlement and sent to prison. Then he pulls some strings and gets her paroled. Buz and Tod try to protect her from Woody who is pressuring her to marry him. Written by Jeffrey Ewing

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Nicely Acted by Blake, Marvin, and Ohmart
26 May 2008 | by (Kentucky) – See all my reviews

Although most of this Season One episode takes place inside the Hilton Inn outside El Paso, Texas; the title character "Sheba" (Whitney Blake) is a biblical reference. It is a modern (1960-ish anyway) version of the old "David and Bathsheba" story in which King David falls in love with a married woman (Bathsheba). David arranges for Bathsheba's husband (Uriah) to be killed during a battle. He marries Bathsheba but the Lord is displeased and things do not go well for the couple.

Lee Marvin has the David role in this production (rich cattleman Woody Biggs) and when the widowed Laura Church (Blake-who he calls Sheba) continues to reject him, he has her framed for embezzlement and sent to prison. Then he pulls some strings and gets her paroled, intending to pressure her to marry him. Woody's female bookkeeper is the third side of the triangle; she is played by "House on Haunted Hill's" (1959) hot bad girl; Carol Ohmart, a former Miss Utah.

This was the "to die for" female role of the whole series and Blake (best know as Mrs. Baxter on "Hazel") is very impressive. The story is nothing that great but the episode is worth seeing just for Blake's performance.

Tod and Buz get themselves pretty deeply involved in this episode's story, at one point Marvin punches them both out; later Buz returns the favor. With their recurring concussions is it safe for these guys to keep operating a motor vehicle on the public highways?

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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