Route 66 (1960–1964)
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...Shall Forfeit His Dog and Ten Shillings to the King 

Tod, still alone, is working in Apache Junction, Arizona at a dog racing track. When two men rob and kill the owner, Tod joins the posse trailing into the desert/mountains. The hidden ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock (credit only)
Steve Cochran ... Hank Saxon
Kathleen Crowley ... Diana Kirk
Med Flory ... Terry
L.Q. Jones ... Babe
Gary Cockrell ... Landers
Bern Bassey Bern Bassey ... Del Pasado
Barbara Shelley ... Jeannie
John Anderson ... General Scranton
James Brown ... Sheriff Jimmy Haskell


Tod, still alone, is working in Apache Junction, Arizona at a dog racing track. When two men rob and kill the owner, Tod joins the posse trailing into the desert/mountains. The hidden reason for the crime eventually comes out and makes Tod wonder "can people only make themselves important at the expense of others?". Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

22 February 1963 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Apache Junction, Arizona, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the third consecutive episode "Starring George Maharis" appears on screen in the opening credits despite George Maharis having permanently left the series. This would be the last time he would be listed in the credits. "Buz" is not even mentioned in the episode. See more »


[last lines]
Tod Stiles: [Tod's inner soliloquy, heard as a voice over on the sound track] What made me come along? Why was I afraid not to go? Was it because I knew this was a moment I'd learn something important? Was I afraid to face it for whatever it was? All right, so what did I learn? That people can only make themselves important at the expense of others? These killings - were they murders? Were they sacrifices, each to a private reason, each to a hidden God? Do people really think that if they go ...
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A Mess
18 February 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Tod joins a modern day posse that's tracking down two escaped killers. Trouble is the posse's full of people with conflicting aims.

Oh my, there must be a good reason why this episode is such a mess. The main fault is with the screenplay that has more holes than grandma's sieve. My guess is the producers had to scramble now that Maharis had firmly left the series. (IMDB observes this was the last entry to give Maharis billing.) So I'm thinking they scrambled with a couple of re-writes that may have plugged Buzz's hole but added all kinds of crippling plot lapses. At the same time, I'm mindful that R66 was generally one of the best- written shows of the time.

Looks like the entry wants to say something existential about posses in general— catch Tod's histrionic denunciation that ends the hour, at least I think that's his point. Anyway, for a series that usually managed to avoid the unsubtle, this is like a car horn at a concert. Then too, for a series that tried to present real-type people,The General (Anderson) comes across more like a caricature than a real person. No need to go on. After all, every lengthy series has its missteps, and this is sure one of them.

(In passing—the credits list Apache Jct., AZ as the location, so those are the Superstition Mountains in the background. Too bad the story couldn't work in something about the Superstition's Lost Dutchman Mine, one of the West's more fascinating legends.)

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