Route 66 (1960–1964)

The Man on the Monkey Board (28 Oct. 1960)

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Route 66 (1960–1964)

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Tod and Buz take labor jobs on a Louisiana offshore oil rig. Tod immediately finds the behavior of a seemingly out-of-place older worker to be odd. As Tod continues to watch the man he ... See full summary »

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7 January 2016 | dougdoepke
Superior Episode, Despite No Curves
Guys!—don't look for eye candy here, because there's not a female form in sight, and for 60- minutes, no less. Still, it's a heckuva a good episode, one of the most visually compelling of the entire series. No sneaky process shots here. Everything's filmed on an oil-rig off the Louisiana coast where the boys are working as roustabouts. Those metal spires jut into the sky like giant bony fingers. Great camera work to capture their soaring effect.

And, oh yes, there's the plot. Seems a Nazi war criminal is hiding among the crew, and dedicated Nazi hunter Bartlett (Ayers) is on his trail. So there's an intriguing which-guy-is-it storyline to go with the visuals. Looks to me like the premise was borrowed from headlines of the day when war criminal Adolph Eichmann was captured in Argentina (1960), and later brought to trial.

Buzz and Tod have a lot to do here, especially making big water splashes. I hope they got paid double. And catch that notable supporting cast, many of whom rose to their own stellar careers, including Ed Asner, Bruce Dern, Michael Conrad, and Alfred Ryder. All in all, it's a superior entry. I just wish they could have worked in at least one curvy blonde.


Release Date:

28 October 1960


English, German

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Denage, Louisiana, USA

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