Route 66 (1960–1964)
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The Strengthening Angels 

Tod and Buz, driving through California "West by North" in a rainstorm nearly run over a young woman. After giving her a lift to the next town they find she is on the run from a murder ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Lottie Montana
Sheriff Hingle
Richard Crown
Sheldon Allman ...
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Tod and Buz, driving through California "West by North" in a rainstorm nearly run over a young woman. After giving her a lift to the next town they find she is on the run from a murder charge. Despite the protests of the Sheriff, the townspeople and the woman herself, Buz feels there is more to the story than obvious guilt. Written by dubchi

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4 November 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Hal Smith, who played Otis Campbell in The Andy Griffith Show, appears early in this episode - playing a drunk. This episode aired in November 1960, one month after his first appearance as Otis in The Andy Griffith Show in October. See more »


You can see obvious stunt doubles for George Maharis and John Larch in the fight scene in the sheriff's office even without slowing or stopping the picture. See more »


Buz Murdock: [In the Sheriff's office] Is there something we can do?
Lotti Montana: Sure. Next time a girl tells you there's a better place for dinner down the road, listen to her. Goodbye, Buz. Tod.
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Pleshette Showcase
12 January 2016 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Reviewer schappe1 is right: this is a Pleshette showcase and about the only reason to tune in. The story itself is more contrived and disjointed than usual, though scripter Silliphant gets off some of his better poetical tropes, the series being probably TV's only lyrical forum of the time.

Seems loose woman Lottie (Pleshette) killed a guy who was forcing himself on her. Escaping, she settles in a nearby town and now repents her sins through religion. Circumstances, however, return her in the company of Buzz and Tod to the town that wants to arrest her. Sympathetic to her plight, the guys try to help her fend off an abusive sheriff (Larch) and town mob. But she's still interned in jail indefinitely.

The plot jumps around quite a bit. It's not clear why a mob is after her, nor do the two fist-fights make much sense except to insert action into the narrative. Then too, the sub-plot with lawyer Crown smacks of little more than last-minute contrivance. At the same time, I've got nothing against inserting a religious theme into a story since belief is a fact in many people's lives. However, it's spread on pretty thickly here, and you can bet an avowed atheist would never get similar sympathetic treatment.

Nonetheless, Pleshette is both lushly pretty and an excellent actress. Then too, the guys are more central to the narrative than in many other entries. And catch that really apt final shot. Otherwise, it's a pretty forgettable episode, despite the talent involved.

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