Night Gallery: Season 1, Episode 6

They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar/The Last Laurel (20 Jan. 1971)

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After years of competition in business, lonely widower Randy Lane recalls better times when he and his wife used to visit a local bar. / Crippled Marius Davis uses astral projection to exact revenge on his wife Susan and her lover.

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Sales Director Randy Lane (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
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Lynn Alcott (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
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Harvey Doane (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
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H.E. Pritkin (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
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Marius Davis (segment "The Last Laurel")
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Susan Davis (segment "The Last Laurel")
Henry Beckman ...
The Policeman (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
David Astor ...
Blodgett (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
Robert Herrman ...
Tim Riley (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
Gene O'Donnell ...
Bartender (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
Frederic Downs ...
Father (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
John S. Ragin ...
1st Policeman (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar") (as John Ragin)
David M. Frank ...
Intern (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar") (as David Frank)
Susannah Darrow ...
Kathy (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
Mary Gail Hobbs ...
Miss Trevor (segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar")
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After years of competition in business, lonely widower Randy Lane recalls better times when he and his wife used to visit a local bar. / Crippled Marius Davis uses astral projection to exact revenge on his wife Susan and her lover.

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The segment "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 1971 for Outstanding Drama but lost to The Andersonville Trial (1970). It was was one of only two nominations for the show, the other being for Outstanding Makeup for "Pickman's Model". See more »

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Jack-in-the-bed
12 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a very short segment of the Night Gallery series, and I would have to say the most redeeming aspect is the entertaining performance of the late Jack Cassidy, who portrays the crippled Marius Davis just about perfectly. He was perhaps a professional athlete, as we see his many trophies, but was in a major car accident and is paralyzed and basically stuck in bed the rest of his life, or so we're to believe. The story boils down to Marius summoning his doctor late at night, who he believes is having an affair with his younger wife, and although it's not known that Marius knew the bridge would be closed because of bad weather, the doctor is just about forced to spend the night at the house mainly because the bridge is too dangerous to cross; let me add the doctor had to take a ferry to the Davis household. It seems that Marius has also accused his wife of having an affair with a paperboy also, and it appears he's clearly delusional. Soon after chasing both of them out of his room after accusing them, he somehow makes his "ghost" jump out of his sleeping body, and hatches a plan to kill the good doctor and the effects are fairly effective for 1971; he's able to pick up a pair of his wife's large sewing scissors, and he plans to stick them deep in the doctor's jugular. All seems according to plan, but during the storm the lights go out(I guess even ghosts need light), then Marius drops the scissors and stumbles in the dark, then picks up an object and thrusts it at a sleeping body, which we don't see right away. It turns out that the object was one of his trophies, and the bottom line is that he hits himself in the head instead of the doctor and there's a bloody gash on the temple of a sleeping, now probably dead Marius. When the ghost discovers the epic mistake, he screams rather loudly, and proclaims "I'm in the wrong room!"; the next scene has the doctor knocking on the door asking what's wrong, to which Marius replies, "Marius doesn't live here anymore", and a few seconds later we get the typical Night Gallery black screen. Overall, this was a decent, but rather short story which may leave you wanting a bit more, but the performance of Jack Cassidy more than makes up for it. I would recommend this for any fan of this show, as this is one of the better ones from the first year of Night Gallery.


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