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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A young man called Gallegos (Vladimir Sokoloff) is facing execution by hanging in a small western town for driving his wagon while drunk over a little girl. Sheriff Koch (John Larch) does not like the vile gloating opportunism of the 'pig' peddler Sykes (Thomas Gomez, who played Cadwalleder in 'Escape Clause',series one), or the Zeal of a father who treats the hanging as a fun-for-all-the-family day out.
The nastiness on display is all-too-human. When the father of Gallegos pleads for clemency he is hit with a stone by one of the town's folk. A plot device of magic enters the story which is not adequately explained by the end. The characters convey much truth about human nature but the story is not worth all the woe.
In series five another Sheriff Koch dislikes the rabble-rousing effect of a public hanging in 'I Am The Night Colour Me Black'. Too many executions in the Zone.
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