Route 66

Season 3 Episode 6

Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing

Aired Friday 8:30 PM Oct 26, 1962 on CBS
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Lizard's Leg and Owlet's Wing
Tod and Buz are excited to be working at a Chicago hotel which is hosting a women's convention. Also staying at the hotel are the famous horror film actors. The actors are debating whether their traditional horror film characters can still scare modern audiences. The actors test their ideas on the conventioneers.moreless

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  • A change of pace that's less a great "Route 66" episode and more just a funny and well-crafted bit of television.

    Tod and Buz are assigned as convention facilitators just as things get interesting at a hotel outside of Chicago.

    Season 3 tends to show a broadening of the "Route 66" scope, with lots of topics lighter in fare and content. So while I can't say that this is great as an installment in the series, it is really clever, funny and enjoyable. The two sub stories are interwoven with a deft hand, a convention of executive secretaries and a meeting between Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Peter Lorre to plan the future of horror movies. The script gets it just right, as Tod comes up with a perfect solution: test horror ideas on the visiting secretaries.

    There are lots of nice "in-jokes" between the guest stars, a great scene shows women fainting both at the sight of Chaney in "wolfman" make-up AND in just seeing Lorre as he normally looks. Some drawbacks include an over-broad writing of the secretaries, way too many lines about "catching husbands" and "serving the boss" - even for this time in history. Jeannine Riley is also a bit zombie-ish in her performance, the editing takes away a few pieces that would be good to know about her motivation.

    I would recommend this episode to any fan of old television or movies. By being less of a typical story, it may appeal to more people today.moreless
Peter Lorre

Peter Lorre


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Lon Chaney Jr.

Lon Chaney Jr.

Himself (as Lon Chaney)

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Martita Hunt

Martita Hunt

Mrs. Baxter

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