Route 66 (1960–1964)

Effigy in Snow (24 Mar. 1961)

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Tod and Buz travel to Squaw Valley, California for "some work and some fun". They barely settle in on their new jobs at the Squaw Valley Ski Lodge when the dead body of a female skier is ... See full summary »


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16 April 2015 | schappe1
3/24/61: "Effigy in Snow"
The idea of basing an episode in Squaw Valley months after the 1960 Olympics were held there was a good one. Too bad Stirling Silliphant couldn't come up with a better story than this. It's about an apparently charming psychopath who falls in love with women who remind him of his mother and then kills them when they don't live up to his idealized image of her. The baddie is played by Scott Marlowe, a handsome, talented young actor whose career never really took off. His intended victim is the lovely Jeanne Bal. George McCready shows up as his father, playing a similar role to the Donald Pleasance character in the Halloween series, warning of the danger.

The story is clichéd and probably a highly inaccurate portrayal of mental illness. It also has nothing to do with the beautiful surroundings and turns what should have been an upbeat, fun episode into a dismal downer.

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