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Cameras, Cast and Crew of 'Route 66' Came to Catonsville in 1961

2011-10-10 09:52:50

BALTIMORE, Md. - An article in the Oct. 12, 1961 edition of the Herald Argus and Baltimore Countian reported that the cast and crew of a popular television series was in town.

Hollywood came to Catonsville this past week as Lancer Productions, Inc., producers of the television show "Route 66", brought a cavalcade of cast, technicians, staff and big vans full of equipment into the Baltimore area to film three episodes for the series.

Catonsville was chosen as the setting for many scenes in one of the forthcoming episodes, "Bridge Across Five Days" which was written by Howard Rodman.

The company spent three days of last week filming sequences in the buildings and on the grounds of Spring Grove Hospital; then returned to the area this week for more shots around the Paradise loop area and at the Claude B. Doing home, 6220 Frederick road.

Wherever they worked, crowds pressed close to watch the actors, directors and crew; the cameras, lights, reflectors and other equipment in action. There was the racket of an engine from one of the vans and the scurry of men carrying out orders. Catonsville policemen struggled to keep traffic moving. It was all very novel and very exciting.

Editor's note: "Route 66" was a weekly series on CBS which featured its two stars traveling the country in a Corvette convertible. It aired from 1960-64. According to, the episode filmed in and around Catonsville aired on Nov. 17, 1961. In it, a fellow employee of the two stars working in a shipyard had recently been released from a mental hospital.


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