Luis Gallegos is scheduled to be hanged in a dusty western town after he was found guilty of killing a child while drunk. Gallegos' father begs everyone for mercy but the Marshal, who ... See full summary »
Luis Gallegos is scheduled to be hanged in a dusty western town after he was found guilty of killing a child while drunk. Gallegos' father begs everyone for mercy but the Marshal, who doesn't think the prisoner is a bad sort, has little choice but to proceed with the sentence. Peter Gomez decides to take advantage of the situation by selling the father his 'magic dust' that will make the townsfolk take pity on his son. Events provide for an unexpected conclusion. Written by
One of a handful of Twilight Zone (1959) episodes to have no overt supernatural or science fiction elements. See more »
There was a village, built of crumbling clay and rotting wood, and it squatted ugly under a broiling sun like a sick and mangy animal wanting to die. This village had a virus shared by its people. It was the germ of squalor, of hopelessness, of a loss of faith. For the faithless, the hopeless, the misery-laden, there is time, ample time, to engage in one of the other pursuits of men. They begin to destroy themselves.
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Minorities have never faired very well. This is no exception as a man attempts to plead for the life of his son, charged with killing a little girl with a wagon. The young man is remorseful but faces old West justice as he faces the gallows. Thrown into the mix is a fat, disgusting man, hoping to benefit buy this sad tale. First he taunts the young man, then attempts to sell a useless bag of dust to the father. The dust is supposed to prevent the death of the son. This man is disgusting in every way. He even has brought his family to witness the execution. Of course, this is the Twilight Zone and some unexpected forces take over. In the pit of this is a lack of basic human decency and racism. Also, the family of the little girl are put through a great deal. It's not a simple story and is quite well done. There is also a darkness overwhelming the setting that contributes to the sickness of it all.
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