Screen Boston doesn’t cover TV series, but had I seen them in time, the
three Route 66 episodes shot in
I don’t think I’d ever actually seen a complete episode of the series before this; for the uninitiated, the premise is a bit like the original The Fugitive, though the wanderlust captured isn’t because the law is looking for the heroes, it’s more the result of youthful, post-On the Road restlessness. Those heroes, once-wealthy Tod (Martin Milner) and more streetwise Buz (George Maharis), hit the road in Tod’s Corvette, tackling socially conscious issues as they crisscross the country.
Two of these episodes from the show’s second season
(1961-62) take place in
Another thing that’s immediately apparent in the
Duvall episode is that, for the most part, it’s geographically true. At its
start, Tod and Buz drive their Corvette down Storrow Drive, take the Back Bay
exit, turn right on Beacon Street and stop at a friend’s apartment. And that’s
where much of the action takes place, with action also in the
There’s a similar geographic veracity in the other
In other words, I’d recommend checking these episodes out for some well-written drama and an effective glimpse at the city nearly 50 years ago. And the cool theme song, of course.
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