Route 66 (1960–1964)
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Shoulder the Sky, My Lad 

Tod and Buz, working in Phoenix, Arizona as punch press operators, are befriended by their Jewish supervisor. When the kindly man is senselessly killed by muggers his 8 year old son blames ... See full summary »


David Lowell Rich


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Lili Darvas ... Annie Selman
Susan Gordon ... Rosie Corbello
Michael McGreevey ... Davey Selman (as Mike McGreevey)
Edward Asner ... Carl Selman
Lisabeth Hush Lisabeth Hush ... Nancy
H.M. Wynant ... Rabbi Harris
Frank Leo Frank Leo ... Hophead
Sam Gilman ... Lieutenant Robak


Tod and Buz, working in Phoenix, Arizona as punch press operators, are befriended by their Jewish supervisor. When the kindly man is senselessly killed by muggers his 8 year old son blames God. Tod and Buz have different views of how to help the young man mourn and regain his faith. Written by dubchi

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English | Hebrew

Release Date:

2 March 1962 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Phoenix, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When David and Rosie are sitting in the railroad yard talking, the wide shot shows a string of gondolas directly behind them. Every time they cut to a closeup of David, it shows Southern Pacific boxcars directly behind him. See more »

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3/2/62 "Shoulder the Sky, My Lad"
4 June 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

Another episode you'd be unlikely to see on another show, at least not from this perspective. The boys are in Phoenix, Arizona, although the locale for once is pretty irrelevant to the story. Ed Asner makes his fourth appearance on the show as a foreman at a manufacturing plant where the boys are working who befriends them and invites them to his house where they meet his mother and son, (his wife is deceased). The family is Jewish and the son is about to have his bar mitzvah. Everyone is very happy until Ed goes out to get his newspaper and is mugged and stabbed by a couple of drug addicts. He crawls to the door of his house yelling for help and dies in his son's arms.

In a cop show, (like this show's sister show, Naked City), the story would be about the search for the criminals but here we never see them again: they are just the delivery boys from random fate. The story then becomes a search for meaning. The boy rejects his faith because it and the Rabbi they send to counsel him have no explanation for how this can happen. He can't evens and to look at the place where they live and vows to hop a freight train to San Francisco and become a sailor, (he's 13). The boys go looking for him, but with different attitudes. Todd, typically trying to be helpful, wants to become a surrogate father and spend time doing some of the things the kid's father would have done. Buz typically, (see "Birdcage on My Foot" and "City on Wheels"), senses that they will be in over their heads and wants to back away. But he's the one who finally finds the kid and sets him straight, (in a rather pat, oversimplified scene).

This one is directed by David Lowell Rich, who had previously done "the Thin White Line". That one had a scene of a drugged Todd looking into a store window and seeing multiple reflections of himself laughing at him. In this one the boy, (MIchael McGreevey, in a good performance), looks into a store window and sees an image of his father. He turns around and it's a different man, (also bald, with glasses). I like a director who knows how to use little touches like that.

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