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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 | Patricia McCormack as Jenny Slade | Whit Bissell as Slade | Robert Sorrells as Dickson | House Jameson as Clergyman | Keir Dullea as Paul | Malcolm Atterbury as Billy Bolton | Guy Raymond as Libby | George Kennedy as Thad Skinner
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: Janice Rule as Charlotte Duval | Thomas Gomez as Andre Cabateau | Nico Minardos as Jean Boussard | Joey Kennedy as Little Boy
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: Betty Field as Mrs. Purcell | Henry Hull as Amery Grant | Murray Hamilton as Dr. Stafford | Zina Bethune as Carrie Purcell | Louis Zorich as Bulloch | Elizabeth MacRae as Randy Spring | Louis Guss as DeSavo | Jerome Raphel as Hercules George

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: Lew Ayres as Bartlett | Alfred Ryder as Palmer | Frank Overton as Hanson | Fred J. Scollay as Thompson | Michael Conrad as Jenkins | Bruce Dern as Albert | Roger C. Carmel as Man in Shower | Barnard Hughes as Doctor | Edward Asner as Second Man | Jack Arthur as Cook
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: Burt Brinckerhoff as Virgil Paige | Deborah Walley as Helen Paige | Robert F. Simon as Mr. Pepperell | Sara Haden as Mrs. Pepperell | Oliver McGowan as Payson | Don Beddoe as Owen Moorcraft | Tony Haig as Homer 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: E.G. Marshall as Gerald Emerson | Joey Heatherton as Karen Emerson | Johnny Seven as Ted Becker | Stephen Bolster as Curt Emerson | Paul Genge as Galloway | Anthony D. Call as Frank Palmer | Winnie Collins as Mrs. Hastings | Phil Clarke (3) as Dr. Linton | Bob Ament as Boy | Dean Woolley as Station Man
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 | John Larch as Morrison | Arlene Martel as Lucia Trapani | Vivi Janiss as Secretary | Dan Sheridan as Postmaster | Julia Hall as Mrs. Williams
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: Charles McGraw as Jeff Grady | Bethel Leslie as Jo | Zohra Lampert as Eve | Richard Shannon as Gillis | Elizabeth MacRae as Betsy | Vana Leslie as Muriel | Donna Douglas as Dana | William Benedict as Marvin | Fred Nakano as Nikko

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: Inger Stevens as Wendy | Edward Binns as Durant | Edgar Buchanan as Jack McConkie | Peter Mamakos as Babcock | Freeman Lusk as Mine Doctor
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 | Jimmy Carter (2) as Alan | William Woodson as Reverend Hughes | Lili Kardell as Blonde | Carol Anne Seflinger as Ginger | Ted Otis as Scott | Jon Lormer as Mr. White | Larry Barbier as Himself | Bill Fiset as Himself | Bob Lardine as Himself | Marlon Haines as Himself

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: Regis Toomey as Jeff | Pamela Searle as Doty | Betsy Jones-Moreland as Bea | Harvey Korman as Len | Susan Kohner as Katy | Frank Overton as Cord
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: Patricia McCormack as Jan | Larry Gates as Baer | Marianne Stewart as Marva | John Beradino as Police Lieutenant | Penny Santon as Stella | William Sargent as Baxton | Peter Walker (1) as Trivers | Gene Benton as Professor | Frank Kreig as Character | Ralph Neff as Guard | Justin O'brien as First Waiting Man | Paul Shively as Second Waiting Man
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: Martha Hyer as Donna Stevens | Herb Armstrong as Poke | Joseph Ruskin as Blinky | Mary Webster as Midge | Herman Rudin as Lt. Cobb | Lewis Charles as Cab Driver | Joe Abdullah as Chico | Paul Richards as Rudy | 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 | Barbara Hines as Frieda | Rodney Bell as Chuck | Ben Johnson as Alley | Brad Herrman as Martin | Mina Vaughn as Liz (as Nina Vaughn) | Joyce Horne as Peg | Chris Carter as Theresa | Carmen Phillips as Ina

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 | Nancy Downey as Extra | Terry Huntingdon as Extra | Denny Niles as Extra | Ulla Stromstedt as Extra | Mark Tapscott as Extra | Rodd Dana as Extra | Ann Warner as Extra | Keith Wegeman 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: Walter Matthau as Sam Keep | Edward Andrews as Francis Oliver | Guy Raymond as Monty Knight | Debbie Megowan as Dora Knight
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: Beatrice Straight as Kitty Chamberlain | Royal Dano as Dr. Clemente | Pat De Simone as Cazador | Frank DeKova as Davey Briggs | Elizabeth Allen (1) as Alice | John Alonzo as Juan Domingo | John Dennis as Hank | Nancy Lewis as Stripper

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: Dan Duryea as Mike McKay | Susan Melvin as Linda McKay | Vaughn Taylor as Frank Hammond | Oliver McGowan as Ernie Bassard | Mary Jackson as Judge | Lucy Prentis as Secretary | Ralph Gary as Character #1 | Phil Arnold as Character #2 | Danny Francis as Character #4 | Joe McTurk as Character #3
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: Albert Dekker as Frank Ivy | Arlene Martel as Kawna | Robert Duvall as Roman | Denver Pyle as Father Prior | Bing Russell as Satterfield
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: Gene Evans as Hump Humphrey | Joanna Moore as Trinket | Harold Stone as Gus | Paul Genge as Frank | Warren J. Kemmerling as Fred Capper
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: James Brown (2) as Sheriff Canfield | Dianne Foster as Anita Delgado | Thomas Gomez as Miguel Delgado | Argentina Brunetti as Senora Maria Otero | Tony Maxwell as Tino | Lee Roberts as Bus Driver | Derrik Lewis as Young Man | Fabian Chavez as Himself | Richard Keith (1) as Juan
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: Darren McGavin as Johnny Copa | Lois Nettleton as Susan | Edward Asner as Scully | Clement Fowler as Poochy | David Clarke (1) as Mace | Al Lewis (1) as Gym Owner | Ben Yaffee as Anson | Joseph Archer as Otto

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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