August 29, 2007 2:19 PM
The first 15 episodes of the 1960-64 Screen Gems-for-CBS series “Route 66” are coming out on DVD Oct. 23 from Infinity Entertainment Group.
For those not familiar with the show’s premise, it’s basically two young guys driving around the country in an iconic Corvette, taking odd jobs and encountering some sort of drama in a new locale every week.
My favorite aspect of the series is that it was shot entirely on location, which adds a gritty verite quality to the shows that captures real life on the streets of midcentury America.
Martin Milner (“Adam-12”) plays Tod Stiles, a one-time rich kid whose father’s death leaves him penniless (but with a new Corvette), and George Maharis plays Buz Murdock, a tough guy from the Hell’s Kitchen school of hard knocks.
The scripts, mainly by series creator Stirling Silliphant, range from good to outstanding, and the impressive list of guest stars (throughout the series’ four seasons) includes James Caan, Robert Duvall, David Janssen, Buster Keaton, DeForest Kelley, Lee Marvin, Julie Newmar, Robert Redford, Martin Sheen, William Shatner, Rod Steiger and Ethel Waters.
Billy Ingram offers a detailed description of the show on TVParty.com.
See if the opening credits don’t intrigue you: