Route 66 (1960–1964)
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A Fury Slinging Flame 

Dr. Mark Christopher is a famous scientist who believes from his Russian friend's cryptic message that the USSR will initiate a New Year's Day nuclear attack on the United States. Unable to... See full summary »


Elliot Silverstein

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Leslie Nielsen ... Mark Christopher
Fay Spain ... Paula Shay
James Brown ... Jim Walsh
Conrad Nagel ... Dr. Henry Claridge
Phyllis Hill Phyllis Hill ... Frances Swanson
William Woodson William Woodson ... Reverend Hughes
Lili Kardell ... Miss Benson
Jimmy Carter Jimmy Carter ... Alan Christopher
Carol Anne Seflinger ... Ginger Christopher (as Carol Seflinger)
Ted Otis ... U.S. Marshal Scott
Jon Lormer ... Mr. White
Larry Barbier Larry Barbier ... Larry Barbier - Reporter, Globe Photos
Bill Fiset Bill Fiset ... Bill Fiset - Reporter, Oakland Tribune


Dr. Mark Christopher is a famous scientist who believes from his Russian friend's cryptic message that the USSR will initiate a New Year's Day nuclear attack on the United States. Unable to convince his associates to act on this information, Christopher, his son, and a small band of followers, he takes shelter deep inside Carlsbad Caverns Tod and Buz assist Paula Shay, a devious newspaper reporter who wants to interview Dr. Christopher. Written by Jeffrey Ewing

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30 December 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Miss Benson: What do I call you?
Buz Murdock: Buz.
Miss Benson: Is that a name or a high frequency?
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Unfortunate Misfire
11 November 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

A renowned scientist gathers his son and friends to seek shelter in Carlsbad Caverns from an expected nuclear catastrophe. There he encounters patient Park Rangers and our two guys who are working in the area. What he hasn't counted on is a furious ex-wife.

Looks to me like the writers were flailing around for an ending to this end-of-the-world story. But then the story's got a distinguished scientist acting out an apocalypse the evidence for which sounds plain goofy. So writer Silliphant's got a basic story problem. At least we get a pretty good view of spooky Carlsbad Caverns, whose rocky spires go in six different directions. Had the visuals dwelled on these as metaphor, fear of the world's end would have been heightened. Instead, we get a lot of bad dialog and rushing around, minus the needed mood potential of the caverns.

If I seem negative, it's because I think an unusual location and story idea are wasted. Usually, dialog and narrative were a series strong point, but not here.

On the acting front, Nielsen as the scientist does his best. There's no tongue in cheek, though he may have been tempted. Also, I wish we saw more of Ms Kardell—her lush dimples amount to caverns of their own. And too bad Ms Spain, the aggressive reporter, passed away at an early age. Her resume is impressive, while she manages here in a difficult role.

Anyway, I'm ready after this misfire to hop into the Corvette's back seat and get to the next place with our two poetic wanderers.

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