Route 66 (1960–1964)
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Don't Count Stars 

Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner ... Tod Stiles
George Maharis ... Buz Murdock
Dan Duryea ... Mike McKay
Susan Melvin ... Linda McKay
Vaughn Taylor ... Frank Hammond
Oliver McGowan Oliver McGowan ... Ernie Bassard
Mary Jackson ... Judge Mary Lindstrom
Lucy Prentis Lucy Prentis ... Cathy
Ralph Gary Ralph Gary ... Character #1
Phil Arnold ... Character #2
Joe McTurk Joe McTurk ... Character #3
Danny Francis Danny Francis ... Character #4


Tod and Buz, in San Diego and employed in aerospace jobs, save a drunken man from drowning while they are enjoying a day off. The man's underage niece uses her influence to get Tod and Buz to help her. The objective is to sober him up so he can remain her guardian. The man is not cooperative and is hiding a secret. Written by dubchi

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Release Date:

28 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The spiral staircase shown is at the former General Dynamics Astronautics building located on Kearney Mesa. It was demolished in 1994. The following information was published about it. In his book "Atlas the Ultimate Weapon" history, Chuck Walker included a description of the spiral staircase. The main lobby or lobby building was apparently called the "Centrum", which is interesting since the modern development at the site is called "Sunroad Centrum" or some-such. The staircase, according to the book, "spiraled around and above a pool. The pool continued outside, going out under the glass front wall as part of a large rectangular outside reflective pool that was beautiful architecturally, and also served as a big reservoir for the fire main system - a requirement of the building code." Workers hustled to install the staircase prior to a grand open house on May 28, 1958. The staircase consisted of a five-inch-thick ramp hung on one-quarter inch diameter stainless steel rods that were spaced about one foot apart along the ramp edges. The rods attached to points on the ceiling of the second floor. The spiral made one complete turn. When the staircase was assembled the first time, it failed to match up with the second floor level. Workers took it apart and started again, all of this occurring the night before the open house (or so the story goes). They finished, but did not have time to load test it. At 8:30 they could only watch and hope as a large crowed rushed across the lobby to walk up the ramp, packing it solid with people. Needless to say, it held - and continued to hold for nearly four decades until after the Cold War ended. See more »

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4/28/61: "Don't Count Stars"
19 April 2015 | by schappe1See all my reviews

This one combines "Lost Weekend" and a Shirley Temple movie. Young Susan Melvin plays the heir of a couple that died in a plane crash. She now owns a hotel in San Diego but is the ward of her drunken Uncle, (the always excellent Dan Duryea), who 'runs' it for her by giving his buddies the run of the place. A representative of the bank who runs the trust the inheritance is part of, (Vaughn Taylor) wants Duryea out and has lined up, (an unseen), 'nice' couple to take care of her. The young girl loves her Uncle but doesn't love the bank. Tod and the girl try to collect the money the uncle's friends owe to the hotel while Buz, in scenes that anticipate season 2's "Birdcage on my Foot", tries to sober the old sot up.

It's a very sentimental story but comes off as more sappy than moving. One thing that bothered me: Stirling Silliphant's script has the boys working at a missile plant, where Buz is in the factory assembling the missiles and Tod is up on the gantry where test missiles are fired off. The girl has enough clout to walk into the headquarters of the missile company and get Tod and Buz assigned to her personal use, (she met them when they fished Uncle Mike out of the bay after he drunkenly fell into it.) How do these two wanderers get what must be fairly technical jobs like that? And how does the girl get the head of the company to give her two of his employees like that? Why not just make T & D employees of the hotel to begin with? I guess they just wanted some shots of the missile plant, (and they are spectacular). I just like things to make sense.

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