A bullying husband allows his brain to be kept alive after his demise to irritate his wife, but she may have the last laugh.





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Mary Pearl
William Pearl
Dr. Landy
Dr. Foster


A bullying husband allows his brain to be kept alive after his demise to irritate his wife, but she may have the last laugh.

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi




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31 March 1961 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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What an amazing cast! And so delightfully nasty!
2 September 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Like other episodes of "Way Out", it's introduced by Roald Dahl. And, like the others, his script and delivery is very, very weird--and quite funny--in a black sort of way.

While the names won't be household names, this first episode of "Way Out" has an amazing array of actors--strong supporting and character actors. Think about it--Fritz Weaver, Barnard Hughes, Henry Jones (who is GREAT here) and Mildred Dunnock all together for one show! The show begins with a NASTY old man (Jones) being told he has only weeks to live. Instead of being sad, however, he spends his time treating his poor wife like a dog--barking orders to her and being a total jerk. A bit later, a doctor comes and discusses a breakthrough operation that COULD keep the brain alive indefinitely. He won't be able to do much--but he would be kept alive. He agrees to the surgery for one reason--to stick around and make his wife's life a living hell! But, like many of the other episodes of "Way Out", there is a nasty little twist that makes it all very enjoyable.

Considering how wonderful many of the episodes were (especially this one), it's amazing that not even a full season's worth of episodes were aired. It seemed like the perfect lead-in for "The Twilight Zone" at CBS, but somehow the plug got pulled on what was a delightful series.

By the way, listen for the funny historically significant line "Watson come in here, I need you!" This is in the show and was also what Alexander Graham Bell supposedly said the first time his telephone worked!

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