Thursday, October 6, 2016

31 TV Shows for 31 Days of Halloween Season: Day 6

Series: Route 66

Episode: “Lizard’s Leg and Owlet’s Wing”, in which itinerant Corvette-enthusiasts Martin Milner and George Maharis run into Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, and Lon Chaney, Jr., who are not-so-secretly hashing out the specifics of a monster movie project together at a Chicago hotel. Milner and Maharis’s Tod and Buzz assist the triumvirate of horror legends in making their cases for the most effective ways to scare modern audiences. This involves Karloff donning his Frankenstein Monster makeup for the first time in over thirty years and Chaney dressing up as his own Wolf Man and Mummy, as well as his dad’s Quasimodo. Lorre wears a top hat and cape for some reason. I guess Dr. Gogol’s shades and mechanical hands weren’t iconic enough for CBS. There are also some fascinating discussions of workplace sexism among women attending a secretaries convention at the hotel, but they’re neutralized by dumb gags suggesting women really just want to get married and are a ditzy lot who believe in werewolves. Don’t expect too much progressivism from a show inspired by On the Road.
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