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1 :01x01 - Black November

Oct/07/1960
Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock are two young men traveling across the backroads of America in search of adventure and fortune. When their corvette breaks down in the small community of Garth, Mississippi, the boys find themselves in a hostile town ruled by the despotic head citizen "Mr. Garth". It seems the town of Garth is protecting some ugly secret, and trying to find out what that secret is may cost Tod and Buz their lives.
Guest Stars: Everett Sloane as Caleb Garth | George Kennedy as Thad Skinner | Guy Raymond as Libby | Malcolm Atterbury as Billy Bolton | Keir Dullea as Paul | House Jameson as Clergyman | Robert Sorrells as Dickson | Whit Bissell as Slade | Patricia McCormack as Jenny Slade
Director: Philip Leacock

2 :01x02 - A Lance of Straw

Oct/14/1960
In Louisiana, Tod and Buz sign aboard the shrimp boat of captain Charlotte Duval. They find themselves having to deal with their skipper's fierce independence, a jealous suitor and an approaching hurricane.
Guest Stars: Joey Kennedy as Little Boy | Nico Minardos as Jean Boussard | Thomas Gomez as Andre Cabateau | Janice Rule as Charlotte Duval
Director: Roger Kay

3 :01x03 - The Swan Bed

Oct/21/1960
Tod and Buz arrive in swinging New Orleans. They make a date with a nice local girl named Carrie Purcell, unaware of the poverty the girl lives in or the adventures she is about to lead them into involving gangsters and a parrot fever epidemic sweeping the city.
Guest Stars: Jerome Raphel as Hercules George | Louis Guss as DeSavo | Elizabeth MacRae as Randy Spring | Louis Zorich as Bulloch | Zina Bethune as Carrie Purcell | Murray Hamilton as Dr. Stafford | Henry Hull as Amery Grant | Betty Field as Mrs. Purcell

4 :01x04 - The Man on the Monkey Board

Oct/28/1960
Now working on an offshore drilling rig in the Louisiana gulf, Tod and Buz become curious about one of their coworkers - an elderly man named Bartlett obviously unsuited for such work. In actuality, Bartlett is really a Holocaust survivor who believes that one of the other workers may be a long-sought Nazi war criminal.
Guest Stars: Jack Arthur as Cook | Edward Asner as Second Man | Barnard Hughes as Doctor | Roger C. Carmel as Man in Shower | Bruce Dern as Albert | Michael Conrad as Jenkins | Fred J. Scollay as Thompson | Frank Overton as Hanson | Alfred Ryder as Palmer | Lew Ayres as Bartlett
Director: Roger Kay

5 :01x05 - The Strengthening Angels

Nov/04/1960
While motoring west, Tod and Buz encounter Lotti Montana, a fugitive accused of murder. When the boys inadvertently bring about Lotti's recapture by a vindictive sheriff, they set out to clear her name.
Guest Stars: Suzanne Pleshette as Lotti Montana | Harry Townes as Daniel Wylie | John Larch as Sheriff Hingle | Warren Stevens as Crown | Tom Reese as Tommy | Hal Smith as Drunk | Sheldon Allman as Character | John Cliff as Man on Bumper
Director: Arthur Hiller

6 :01x06 - Ten Drops of Water

Nov/11/1960
The citizens of rural southwestern Utah fight a daily struggle against the harsh conditions of nature just to maintain the land they live on. A misguided act of kindness brings Tod and Buz into the lives of one such family, the Pages, consisting of three orphaned children. When a well malfunction leaves the Pages facing imminent drought, the boys lend the assistance of their corvette's motor to aid in the repairs. But the remorseless conditions of the inhospitable climate threaten to make their task hopeless.
Guest Stars: Tony Haig as Homer Paige | Don Beddoe as Owen Moorcraft | Oliver McGowan as Payson | Sara Haden as Mrs. Pepperell | Robert F. Simon as Mr. Pepperell | Deborah Walley as Helen Paige | Burt Brinckerhoff as Virgil Paige
Director: Philip Leacock

7 :01x07 - Three Sides

Nov/18/1960
Tod and Buz arrive in the sleepy coastal town of Grants Pass, Oregon, where they hook on as workers with local hop farmer Gerald Emerson. However, they soon unexpectedly find themselves appointed as babysitters to Emerson's two spoiled and out of control children Curt and Karen. When Curt's irresponsibility costs the lives of one of the workers, our two heroes find themselves the only people in town who will work for the Emersons and must bring the situation to rights.
Guest Stars: Dean Woolley as Station Man | Bob Ament as Boy | Phil Clarke (3) as Dr. Linton | Winnie Collins as Mrs. Hastings | Anthony D. Call as Frank Palmer | Paul Genge as Galloway | Stephen Bolster as Curt Emerson | Johnny Seven as Ted Becker | Joey Heatherton as Karen Emerson | E.G. Marshall as Gerald Emerson
Director: Philip Leacock

8 :01x08 - Legacy for Lucia

Nov/25/1960
Making the journey all the way from her native Italy to the Pacific Northwest, Lucia Trapani has come on a holy mission. She has arrived to claim her inheritance to fund the purchase of a Madonna statue for her village church. Unfortunately, her "heritage" is a bogus promise bequeathed her years ago by a well-meaning but imaginative American soldier during World War II - who told Lucia he held the deed to the entire state of Oregon! It's up to Tod and Buz to protect the young woman from disillusionment and find a way for her to fulfill her quest.
Guest Stars: Jay C. Flippen as Nathaniel | Leo Gordon as Duncan | Julia Hall as Mrs. Williams | Dan Sheridan as Postmaster | Vivi Janiss as Secretary | Arlene Martel as Lucia Trapani | John Larch as Morrison
Director: Philip Leacock

9 :01x09 - Layout at Glen Canyon

Dec/02/1960
Working as members of the construction crew on Glen Canyon Dam in Arizona, Tod and Buz are pulled for special duty - to act as bodyguards for a quartet of young fashion models being flown in for a photo shoot on the site. Our two young adventurers suddenly find themselves the sole bulwark between the models and a town full of single construction workers. Further complicating matters is the fact that the construction foreman and the models' chaperone were once wed to each other, and divorced under bitter circumstances.
Guest Stars: Fred Nakano as Nikko | William Benedict as Marvin | Donna Douglas as Dana | Vana Leslie as Muriel | Elizabeth MacRae as Betsy | Richard Shannon as Gillis | Zohra Lampert as Eve | Bethel Leslie as Jo | Charles McGraw as Jeff Grady

10 :01x10 - The Beryllium Eater

Dec/09/1960
Grizzled old prospector Jack McConkle has finally hit upon the strike of a lifetime - discovering a vein of rare Beryllium ore in the desert of the American southwest. However, Tod and Buz's employer, land baron Durant is bent on bullying the old man into relinquishing his claim upon the find. To the rescue come Tod and Buz, determined to protect McConkle's interests. But they are about to find that Durant plays hardball, and their own lives are imperiled by their involvement.
Guest Stars: Freeman Lusk as Mine Doctor | Peter Mamakos as Babcock | Edgar Buchanan as Jack McConkie | Edward Binns as Durant | Inger Stevens as Wendy
Director: Alvin Ganzer

11 :01x11 - A Fury Slinging Flame

Dec/30/1960
Officials at Carlsbad Caverns National Park are flabbergasted when renown scientist Mark Christopher brings a convoy of families and animals into the caves with every intention of settling down. It seems that Christopher is in possession of information that leads him to believe that Russia is shortly planning to launch a nuclear attack on the US, and he has brought his ragtag group to the caverns in an attempt to survive the holocaust he believes is imminent. Tod and Buz are drawn into the compelling story, and hold their breath along with the rest of the nation as the appointed hour of doom approaches . . .
Guest Stars: Leslie Nielsen as Mark Christopher | Phyllis Hill as Frances Swanson | Conrad Nagel as Dr. Claridge | Fay Spain as Paula Shay | James Brown (2) as Jim Walsh | Marlon Haines as Himself | Bob Lardine as Himself | Bill Fiset as Himself | Larry Barbier as Himself | Jon Lormer as Mr. White | Ted Otis as Scott | Carol Anne Seflinger as Ginger | Lili Kardell as Blonde | William Woodson as Reverend Hughes | Jimmy Carter (2) as Alan

12 :01x12 - Sheba

Jan/06/1961
In El Paso, Texas, Laura Church has just been released from a stay in prison, convicted of an embezzlement she was not guilty of. But her parole officer is none other than local big shot Woody Biggs, the man who framed her in the first place, the man who caused the death of her ex-husband, the man who now has designs on her from which escape seems futile.
Laura's situation seems hopeless. But little does she know that two knight errants have rode into town in the persons of Tod Stiles and Buz Murdock.
Guest Stars: Whitney Blake as Laura Church | Rico Alaniz as Pedro Regal | Carol Ohmart as Hanna Martin | Lee Marvin as Woody Biggs | Stuart Nisbet as Bartender | Raymond Guth as Johnny Langway | Doris Karnes as Prison Matron

13 :01x13 - The Quick and the Dead

Jan/13/1961
Racing fever grips Tod as he lives out a lifelong fantasy to become a race car driver when he is asked to relieve one of the entries in the Grand Prix at Riverside. During preperation for the race, Tod begins to fall for his patron's stepdaughter. But Buz has suspicions that the young woman is just using Tod, attempting to keep him from entering the race for her own purposes.
Guest Stars: Frank Overton as Cord | Susan Kohner as Katy | Harvey Korman as Len | Betsy Jones-Moreland as Bea | Pamela Searle as Doty | Regis Toomey as Jeff
Director: Alvin Ganzer

14 :01x14 - Play It Glissando

Jan/20/1961
Tooling around the hot spots of Southern California, Tod and Buz are treated to a performance by jazz trumpet legend Gabe Johnson. However, on the way back from the show, they come to the aid of a crashed motorist , a distraught woman who turns out to be none other than Gabe's wife Jana. Jana claims that her husband is an unstable personality who is trying to kill her.
Guest Stars: Anne Francis as Jana Johnson | Jack Lord (1) as Gabe Johnson | Barbara Bostock as Kitty | Harold Stone as Lieut. Mangano
Director: Lewis Allen

15 :01x15 - The Clover Throne

Jan/27/1961
On the ranch lands of Southern California, Tod and Buz encounter the latest character in their cross-country travels: date rancher Adam Darcey. The invalid Darcey is in mortal combat with the State Highway Department, who wants to build a new road through his property. Darcey keeps vigil on his front porch with a rifle to prevent construction work. Secretly, he is in love with his lovely young ward "Sweet Thing", the apple of the eye of every young man in town.
Guest Stars: Jack Warden as Adam Darcey | Anne Helm as Sweet Thing | DeForest Kelley as Willis | Arthur Batanides as Joe Goss | Stephen Roberts as Holcomb | Robert Ball as Poach | Paul Barselou as Orin | Deirdre Owens as Mrs. Goss
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: Herb Meadow

16 :01x16 - Fly Away Home (1)

Feb/10/1961
Tod and Buz motor into Pheonix, Arizona. Tod is thrilled at the prospect of going to work as a prospector for Jack Windus, the man who first taught Tod how to fly. However, when he arrives at the cropdusting outfit, Tod learns that Windus is dead. The business is now run by his wife Dora, who sleepwalks through life, refusing to accept the reality of her husband's death. The chief pilot, Summers, is a brooding depressive convinced that he will bring death and ruin into the life of anyone he is involved with. He attempts to avoid all personal entanglements, including that of his wife Christina, who is hopelessly devoted to him. Tod seeks to convince the reclusive Summers to take him on as an apprentice, while Buz meanwhile begins to fall for Christina . . .
Guest Stars: Michael Rennie as Summers | Dorothy Malone as Christina Summers | Cathy Lewis (1) as Dora Windus | Jenny Maxwell as Vicki | Bert Remsen as Skeets
Director: Arthur Hiller

17 :01x17 - Fly Away Home (2)

Feb/17/1961
Tod's aspiration to become a cropdusting pilot has led him and Buz into a complex situation involving the interrelationships of the people concerned with the Windus crop dusting company. Tod has succesfully petitioned for the comapny's head pilot Summers to teach him the ropes of the business despite the latter man's reluctance. The financially strapped company is offered a dangerous contract requiring the plane to carry a hazardous load of sulpher. The dramatic events that subsequently unfold make for one of Tod and Buz's most unforgettable experiences in this epic two-parter.
Guest Stars: Michael Rennie as Summers | Dorothy Malone as Christina Summers | Cathy Lewis (1) as Dora Windus | Jenny Maxwell as Vicki | Ford Rainey as Russell | Bert Remsen as Skeets
Director: Arthur Hiller

18 :01x18 - Sleep on Four Pillows

Feb/24/1961
Tod and Buz encounter a bored poor little rich girl from Hollywood who attempts to spice up her life by pretending to be the target of mobster kidnappers. Her concerned parents have hired a private detective agency in an attempt to track the girl down. With our heroes and the gumshoes each believing the others to be the bad guys, hilarity is sure to ensure in this example of lighter fare from Route 66's first season.
Guest Stars: Paul Shively as Second Waiting Man | Justin O'brien as First Waiting Man | Ralph Neff as Guard | Frank Kreig as Character | Gene Benton as Professor | Peter Walker (1) as Trivers | William Sargent as Baxton | Patricia McCormack as Jan | Larry Gates as Baer | Marianne Stewart as Marva | John Beradino as Police Lieutenant | Penny Santon as Stella
Director: Ted Post

19 :01x19 - An Absence of Tears

Mar/03/1961
When Donna Stevens' husband is murdered, the small-time crooks spare her life because of her blindness. Now, she is determined not to let the handicap that saved her prevent her from single-handedly finding her husband's killers and avenging herself upon them - and her plans invlolve an unwitting Tod and Buz.
Guest Stars: Paul Richards as Rudy | Joe Abdullah as Chico | Lewis Charles as Cab Driver | Herman Rudin as Lt. Cobb | Mary Webster as Midge | Joseph Ruskin as Blinky | Herb Armstrong as Poke | Martha Hyer as Donna Stevens | Rin Tin Tin as Rex
Director: Alvin Ganzer

20 :01x20 - Like a Motherless Child

Mar/17/1961
Is this the end of a partnership? Tod and Buz part ways when Tod returns a runaway boy to an orphanage. Buz, with his own unpleasant memories of such institutions, strikes out on his own as a protest to Tod's decision. Later, working for a livestock auction, Buz encounters an older woman, matron of a group of traveling female entertainers, who once gave up her young son and the two become drawn to each other. Before the end of this story, Tod and Buz will come to blows before reconciling.
Guest Stars: Sylvia Sidney as Hannah | Jack Weston as Jake | Carmen Phillips as Ina | Chris Carter as Theresa | Joyce Horne as Peg | Mina Vaughn as Liz (as Nina Vaughn) | Brad Herrman as Martin | Ben Johnson as Alley | Rodney Bell as Chuck | Barbara Hines as Frieda

21 :01x21 - Effigy in Snow

Mar/24/1961
Tod and Buz are working at the exclusive Squaw Valley ski resort in central California. A serial killer preying on young women is prowling the resort.
Guest Stars: Scott Marlowe as Armand | Jeanne Bal as Penny | George MacReady as Mr. Fontaine | Kurt Kreuger as Otto | Keith Wegeman as Extra | Ann Warner as Extra | Rodd Dana as Extra | Mark Tapscott as Extra | Ulla Stromstedt as Extra | Denny Niles as Extra | Terry Huntingdon as Extra | Nancy Downey as Extra
Director: Alvin Ganzer

22 :01x22 - Eleven, the Hard Way

Apr/07/1961
On the road to Reno, Tod and Buz meet up with Sam Keep, a notorious gambler, and Francis Oliver, the financier assigned to keep him in line. The folks of a tiny Nevada town have sent the two on a gambling mission in a desperate attempt to acquire the funds needed to save it. The plan threatens to go awry when the normally staid and conservative Oliver catches gambling fever.
Guest Stars: Debbie Megowan as Dora Knight | Guy Raymond as Monty Knight | Edward Andrews as Francis Oliver | Walter Matthau as Sam Keep
Director: William Graham

23 :01x23 - Most Vanquished, Most Victorious

Apr/14/1961
Summoned to his aunt Kitty's deathbed in the slums of Los Angeles, Tod is given a desperate request - to locate her missing daughter Carol, Tod's cousin. Tod's search for the young girl will not only take him through the seediness and violence of life on the wrong side of the tracks - including involving him and Buz in a brutal brawl with a street gang - but will also force him to confront the dark side of his own personality, in one of the grimmest offerings of Route 66's first season.
Guest Stars: Nancy Lewis as Stripper | John Dennis as Hank | John Alonzo as Juan Domingo | Elizabeth Allen (1) as Alice | Frank DeKova as Davey Briggs | Pat De Simone as Cazador | Royal Dano as Dr. Clemente | Beatrice Straight as Kitty Chamberlain

24 :01x24 - Dont Count Stars

Apr/28/1961
In San Diego, Tod and Buz become drawn into the lives of preocious nine-year old heiress Linda McKay, and her alcoholic uncle Mike. When Mike's irresponsible behavior threatens to cause him to lose custody of his beloved niece, Tod and Buz step in in an attempt to shape the man up and salvage the situation. But neither them nor Linda is aware of the secret Mike is harboring.
Guest Stars: Joe McTurk as Character #3 | Danny Francis as Character #4 | Phil Arnold as Character #2 | Ralph Gary as Character #1 | Lucy Prentis as Secretary | Mary Jackson as Judge | Oliver McGowan as Ernie Bassard | Vaughn Taylor as Frank Hammond | Susan Melvin as Linda McKay | Dan Duryea as Mike McKay
Director: Paul Wendkos

25 :01x25 - The Newborn

May/05/1961
Frank Ivy runs his New Mexico cattle spread like a feudal baron. When his reckless son impregnates a young Indian girl, and then dies in an accident, Ivy kidnaps the young woman and brings her to his estate to raise the child as his own, against the woman's wishes. But among Ivy's ranch hands are employed Tod and Buz, who aid the girl in escaping and in a subsequent attempt to get her to refuge and sanctuary on a reservation. But our two young adventurers soon learn that they will not arrive without first facing one of their most difficult challenges - delivering a baby.
Guest Stars: Bing Russell as Satterfield | Denver Pyle as Father Prior | Robert Duvall as Roman | Arlene Martel as Kawna | Albert Dekker as Frank Ivy
Director: Arthur Hiller

26 :01x26 - A Skill for Hunting

May/12/1961
When Tod and Buz prevent New Mexico sportsman "Hump" Humphrey from poaching a doe, they soon learn that the hunter is a borderline psychotic personality - and that he now has his sights set on the duo.
Guest Stars: Warren J. Kemmerling as Fred Capper | Paul Genge as Frank | Harold Stone as Gus | Joanna Moore as Trinket | Gene Evans as Hump Humphrey
Writer: Jack Turley

27 :01x27 - Trap at Cordova

May/26/1961
When Tod and Buz stop to aid what appears to be a stranded motorist in rural New Mexico, the duo finds themselves kidnapped. The reason? They've been recruited as schoolteachers in the tiny villa of Cordova. You see, Cordova has no teachers of its own, and fears that the closing of the schools will imperil the survival of the very community.
Guest Stars: Richard Keith (1) as Juan | Fabian Chavez as Himself | Derrik Lewis as Young Man | Lee Roberts as Bus Driver | Tony Maxwell as Tino | Argentina Brunetti as Senora Maria Otero | Thomas Gomez as Miguel Delgado | Dianne Foster as Anita Delgado | James Brown (2) as Sheriff Canfield
Director: Arthur Hiller

28 :01x28 - The Opponent

Jun/02/1961
In Youngstown, Ohio, Buz looks forward to a reunion with his boyhood idol, former boxing great Johnny Copa, who is participating in a bout in the city. However, Buz is distraught to find that Copa's career has hit the skids, and that he has been reduced to the status of second-billing punching fodder for up and coming contenders. Buz takes a position in Johnny's corner the night of the bout, determined to help the fighter taste victory once again.
Guest Stars: Joseph Archer as Otto | Ben Yaffee as Anson | Al Lewis (1) as Gym Owner | David Clarke (1) as Mace | Clement Fowler as Poochy | Edward Asner as Scully | Lois Nettleton as Susan | Darren McGavin as Johnny Copa

29 :01x29 - Welcome to Amity

Jun/09/1961
Tod and Buz are working in the tiny hamlet of Amity, Ohio, when native daughter Joan Maslow returns to town. The boys try to aid her in the seemingly innocuous task of moving her late mother's body from a potter's field into the town cemetery. They are astonished when the people of Amity violently oppose the move.
Guest Stars: Susan Oliver (1) as Joan Maslow | Martha Scott as Mrs. Watson | Logan Ramsey as Stanley Curry | Joseph Sweeney as Mr. Curry | Luke Halpin as Bobby Krassek | Edward Holmes (2) as Jack Morris | Anna Minot as Alice Krassek | DeAnn Mears as Mrs. Morris | Louise Larabee as Mrs. Magruder | Joe Warren as Frank Krassek
Director: Arthur Hiller
Writer: Will Lorin

30 :01x30 - Incident on a Bridge

Jun/16/1961
The series concludes a succesful first season with a classic offering set in Cleveland, Ohio - as Tod and Buz become involved in a touching love story featuring two misfits. One a simian construction laborer, the other a mute servant girl.
Guest Stars: Nehemiah Persoff as Divorovoi | Lois Smith as Anna | Muni Seroff as Volovich | Allan Melvin as Orlov | Herb Voland as Hodges | Tommy Battreall as Mikhail | Vic Ramos as Simmons
Warning: Route 66 (1960) guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Adventure
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: CBS ( USA)
Airs: Fridays at 08:30 pm
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: October 07, 1960
Ended: September 18, 1964
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