Tod and Buz come to Oregon City, Oregon to work in a paper mill. They rent a room in a house with a family that has "more tears than laughs". The family includes a ne'er-do-well,an ...
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Tod and Buz come to Oregon City, Oregon to work in a paper mill. They rent a room in a house with a family that has "more tears than laughs". The family includes a ne'er-do-well,an occultist, an old maid teacher ,a threatening teen and a young girl. They are all pulling in different directions and accomplishing nothing.Written by
George Maharis and Robert Walker, Jr. later worked together in Death in Space and The Happening. See more »
Robert Walker is given an "Introducing" credit, even though he had already appeared in other TV productions before this one. See more »
Jesus Loves Me
Poem by Anna B. Warner
Music and revised lyrics by William B. Bradbury
Performed by Nina Foch
[Autumn sings the song while preparing dinner in the kitchen while Maggie and Van argue about her in the living room] See more »
Good episode, not much plot, but with a poignant family of troubled persons. Tod and Buzz mostly stand by as the Oregon boarding house family tries to deal with their divisive problems. As would be expected from movie vets like Field, Dunn, and Foch, the acting is first-rate, with Foch getting a 5-minute spotlight at entry's end. I particularly like her revealing little walk down the city street that tells us a lot about the plain-faced Autumn (Foch). However, the 60-minutes really belongs to Walker Jr. who gets the most screen time as a mean-tempered, alienated youth. For a relative newcomer, he does well, particularly with cross-country running and, more opaquely, the running from himself. (Also good to see him again after attending military school together in the late-1950's.)
The Oregon City locales are nicely integrated, along with some interesting historical notes. One notable feature is Autumn's Biblical beliefs. The tricky topic of religion wasn't often used during this TV period. Thus, Autumn is an unusual character in that regard. Also, catch the subtle affirmation of her belief in "signs" (Christian?) after her soul-baring confession to Michael (Walker). And just for good measure, there's bratty little Corinne (Richards) apparently auditioning for a revival of The Bad Seed. Quite a family. However, don't expect much screen time from our two guys, but it's an entertaining entry anyway.
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