Route 66 (1960–1964)

The Quick and the Dead (13 Jan. 1961)

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Tod and Buz are in California for the Riverside Grand Prix auto races which Tod decides to enter in the Stock-Class.Doing well in practice,he is asked to drive in the main event.After being... See full summary »

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15 October 2015 | dougdoepke
Good Chemistry at the Raceway
Sports car racing was very fashionable among youth of the time. So I expect this episode featuring Formula 1 racing at Riverside Raceway was a real crowd gatherer for the series. The story's nothing special—a star driver (Conroy) is having to face retirement despite his daughter's (Kohner) objections. At the same time, Tod gets to show his driver's skills. As a result, he's encouraged by the aging driver's wife (Moreland) to drive in her husband's place in the big race. Meanwhile, Buzz has to cool his heels with a ditzy beauty queen. Tough life.

The boys show a lot of spirit and chemistry in this early entry, while Kohner gets to emote as the conflicted daughter. Good to see movie vet Toomey (Jeff) pick up a payday as the loyal mechanic. Then there's Harvey Korman (the whistle guy) in a rather silly role as the beauty queen's keeper. In fact, I kept expecting Carol Burnett to pop up at any moment. Anyway, the 60-minutes is mainly for racing enthusiasts, along with a look at Buzz and Tod at their lively best.

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