Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar/The Last Laurel 

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")
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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 Lane (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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20 January 1971 (USA)  »

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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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William Windom Great Actor But His Character......
4 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of Rod Serling's sentimental offerings. William Windom has paid his dues. He was in the war and upon his return, he joined up with a budding plastics firm, and has been there ever since. Early on, his wife died from pneumonia and he has never felt whole again. Things have changed and he is stuck in the rat race. As a sales executive, he has become only as good as his recent performance. Heading for fifty, he has lost his edge, and a young hotshot, Bert Convy with his tightly curled hair, is gunning for his job. He finds out that a favorite watering hole of his youth, Tim Riley's Bar, is about to be razed and a 20 story bank building erected. He falls into deep depression and alcoholism, embarrassing his company and opening the way for the young upstart. His only supporter is his pretty young secretary. She does what she can to pull him out of his malaise, but he can't escape it. He is stuck in the past. Windom does a masterful job as the unbalanced salesman, but after a while, he does become a bit tiresome. The viewer keeps wanting him to stop and look forward. He has a lot going for him, but can't get past self pity. He finds himself in the decrepit bar, reliving the night he was welcomed home from the war. He has been arrested and has spent the night in the drunk tank, and has been fired upon his return to the office. He is a man at a crossroads. Very good acting and tight writing.

Jack Cassidy made a career of playing smug jerks. In "The Last Laurel" he plays an invalid (he was a real sportsman but got into a car accident) who lies in bed and thinks up all kinds of scenarios involving his wife and men who cross their paths. He asks his doctor, whom he suspects is one of these threats, to see him, only to malign him. The doctor stuck in the house because the bridge is out and the ferry won't be going back until the next day. Cassidy has, through mind control, managed to leave his body and even pick up objects. He plans on killing the doctor while he sleeps. The only criticism of this episode is that there are some issues that are going to have to be resolved after the deed.


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