2 May 2017 | dougdoepke
Flawed, but with Compensations
Fortunately the supporting cast and Oregon location salvage a muddled story and Martel's over-emoting. Seems Martel is a Sicilian peasant girl who's come to Oregon to claim the entire state and its trees "bequeathed" to her by a poetically inclined WWII GI killed in action. Now she's hooked up with Buzz and Tod who feel sorry for her in her naïve beliefs. Martel has the pivotal role and over-plays it for all its worth. Sure, she's cuddle-some and I can see why guys would want to help, but by the 30-minute mark the Golly Gee Whiz close-ups do get tiresome. Then too, unless I missed something, no reason is given for her sudden turn- around on cutting down the majestic trees. And that's especially so after she's repeats a poetic defense of how they reach for the stars, and how we should follow them.
Anyway, it's an outstanding supporting cast of Larch, Gordon, and Flippen, all familiar 50's faces. Though Tod gets a fairly active part, Buzz mostly stands around with few lines, trying to look interested. And catch Hobbs' backwoods shack that really is a backwoods shack. Looks like the entire hour was filmed in backwoods Oregon, with an authority Hollywood can't duplicate. Then too, writer Silliphant manages a number of poetic passages, unusual for TV of the time. But in my view, more effort should have gone into a more cogent story line.