Route 66 (1960–1964)
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Love Is a Skinny Kid 

A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the ... See full summary »

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James Sheldon
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Tuesday Weld ... Miriam Moore
Cloris Leachman ... Lydia Manning
Malcolm Atterbury ... Sheriff Jim Bruner
Harry Townes ... Jason Palmer
Margaret Phillips ... Mrs. Bainbridge
Harry Raybould Harry Raybould ... Les Burns
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... Jed
Burt Reynolds ... Tommy
Joan Chambers Joan Chambers ... Waitress
Veronica Cartwright ... Miriam Moore (Age 9)
Cheryl Anderson Cheryl Anderson ... Janie (Age 9)
Patti Newby Patti Newby ... Janie (Grown-Up) (as Pat Newby)
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Woman (as Ce Ce Whitney)
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A woman in a hideous Japanese mask refuses to remove it or give her name, as she riles up a Texas town after arriving to stage a memorial for a long-dead girl. Buz is fascinated by the scorned young woman but she refuses his help. Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Lewisville, Texas, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The businessman's lunch for $1.19 would be equivalent to $ 9.40 in 2015. See more »

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The masked woman places a half-page newspaper ad, yet the sheriff is able to read entire ad without opening it up while newspaper is folded in quarters. See more »

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Among the 10 Best Shows
3 February 2019 | by robwoodford-83390See all my reviews

Beginning with a character walking down bus steps wearing a hideous mask like something from The Twilight Zone and ending with one of the most surprising character twists of the series, "Love Is a Skinny Kid" is one of the best dramatic episodes of Route 66. Director James Sheldon weaves an interesting storyline among a great cast of actors, including Tuesday Weld, Cloris Leachman, and - instantly recognizable from his grin; smug, in this case - Burt Reynolds. Stirling Silliphant's storytelling and Sheldon's unique mixtures of the past and present on film make "Love Is a Skinny Kid" feel hauntingly sad, similar to the episode "Welcome to Amity." As in that case, Buz and Tod play well-defined secondary characters to, in this case, Weld's angry lead - an anger which is summarized by Buz at the beginning of the episode in fun, Beat Generation-style prose. The fictitious Kilkenny, TX, (actually Seagoville and Lewisville, TX) provided a very sparse and interesting background to match the deadly serious tone of the story, similar to the effect of the small Texas town portrayed in the movie "The Last Picture Show." This is, without question, a compelling episode of Route 66.


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