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Episode credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dick Preston
Hope Lange ... Jenny Preston
Marty Brill Marty Brill ... Bernie Davis
Fannie Flagg ... 'Mike' Preston
Nancy Dussault ... Carol Davis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob G. Anthony Bob G. Anthony ... Sheriff
Angela Powell Angela Powell ... Annie Preston
Clint Ritchie ... Cyclist #1
Barry Van Dyke ... Cyclist #2


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Release Date:

6 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cave Creek Enterprises See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The best of a forgotten series
1 February 2007 | by Richard Keith CarsonSee all my reviews

This is the one episode of the series that I still remember. It was (probably not coincidentally) reminiscent of the classic episode "A Farewell to Writing" from the original Dick Van Dyke Show, in which Rob Petrie was holed up in a cabin with writer's block. Here, Dick Preston is stranded in an abandoned cabin in the desert because his motorcycle ran out of gas.

Much of the episode consists of Van Dyke talking out loud to himself, evaluating his situation. At one point he is fixated on a kerosene lamp, thinking that he might be able to deduce from the rate of evaporation how long the lamp has sat there unattended, before he finally realizes, "Who cares?"

I wouldn't mind seeing this episode again; you can keep the rest.

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