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Every Fatheru0027s Daughter
Route 66 Every Father's Daughter (1960–1964)
TV Episode
  • Director:
    Richard L. Bare
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  • Writer:
    Anthony Lawrence,Herbert B. Leonard
  • Cast:
    Martin Milner,George Maharis,Madlyn Rhue
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Tod and Buz are in Cleveland, Ohio working for a road construction company as laborers. Their boss encourages them to meet his attractive, yet erratic, daughter. The father has hidden from her the fact that she suffers from the same medical problem that killed her mother. An operation may or may not save her.
Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Milner Martin Milner - Tod Stiles
George Maharis George Maharis - Buz Murdock
Madlyn Rhue Madlyn Rhue - Ara Rados
Jack Kruschen Jack Kruschen - John Rados
Robert Drivas Robert Drivas - Nick Rados

Route 66 Every Father's Daughter (1960–1964)

This was the first time that Madlyn Rhue and Robert Drivas appeared together as brother and sister in a story of an immigrant family. The second time is in The Fugitive: The Sharp Edge of Chivalry (1966).

Opening credits title: Every Father's Daughter (a.k.a. Every Father's Daughter Must Weave Her Own).

Rhue plays a tragic figure, plagued by a potentially fatal illness, plus an over protective brother (Drivas) and manipulating father (Kruschen). Buzz is encouraged by well-meaning dad to bring love into Rhue's life, but brother violently opposes any manipulation. So conflicts abound.

The series strengths are overdone here, I think. The storyline is more contrived than usual, especially the poorly staged action scene with the bulldozer pinning Buzz. Then too, Kruschen really overacts in scene chewing style, along with poetic dialog that's spread on big time. By and large, acting, staging, and scripting, were key series strengths, setting the entries apart from competition of the day. Here, however, series strengths are carried too far, causing melodrama to unfortunately override the story's human interest. See if you agree.
We're back in Chicago where Buz gets another chance to fall in love with a dying woman, (see "A Month of Sundays", which opened Season 2). Fortunately here, he gets to know about it ahead of time- but nobody's told her. Here the doomed lady is Madlyn Rhue whose father, (Jack Kruschen), a builder of roads, the boys work for. He offers to pay them to keep her daughter company in her last days. They turn him down but her brother, (Robert Drivas), doesn't know this and when Madlyn seeks Buz out he gets the wrong idea and starts feuding with Buz, even going after him with a big wheel loader.

Kruschen's wife died of the same disease, (a brain tumor) and he remembers how the doctors "dug into her the way he digs into the earth of build roads". He doesn't want it to happen to his daughter and won't allow her to make the decision to try to survive her disease. It's all very dramatic but somehow it didn't have quite the impact on me of "A Month of Sundays". I guess it's the fact that we've been down this road before.