Route 66 (1960–1964)

The Strengthening Angels (4 Nov. 1960)

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Tod and Buz, driving through California "West by North" in a rainstorm nearly run over a young woman. After giving her a lift to the next town they find she is on the run from a murder ... See full summary »



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12 January 2016 | dougdoepke
Pleshette Showcase
Reviewer schappe1 is right: this is a Pleshette showcase and about the only reason to tune in. The story itself is more contrived and disjointed than usual, though scripter Silliphant gets off some of his better poetical tropes, the series being probably TV's only lyrical forum of the time.

Seems loose woman Lottie (Pleshette) killed a guy who was forcing himself on her. Escaping, she settles in a nearby town and now repents her sins through religion. Circumstances, however, return her in the company of Buzz and Tod to the town that wants to arrest her. Sympathetic to her plight, the guys try to help her fend off an abusive sheriff (Larch) and town mob. But she's still interned in jail indefinitely.

The plot jumps around quite a bit. It's not clear why a mob is after her, nor do the two fist-fights make much sense except to insert action into the narrative. Then too, the sub-plot with lawyer Crown smacks of little more than last-minute contrivance. At the same time, I've got nothing against inserting a religious theme into a story since belief is a fact in many people's lives. However, it's spread on pretty thickly here, and you can bet an avowed atheist would never get similar sympathetic treatment.

Nonetheless, Pleshette is both lushly pretty and an excellent actress. Then too, the guys are more central to the narrative than in many other entries. And catch that really apt final shot. Otherwise, it's a pretty forgettable episode, despite the talent involved.


Release Date:

4 November 1960


English, German, Spanish

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Filming Locations

Needles, California, USA

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