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 »
It was a very small, misery-laden village on the day of a hanging, and of little historical consequence. And if there's any moral to it at all, let's say that in any quest for magic, in any search for sorcery, witchery, legerdemain, first check the human heart. For inside this deep place, there's a wizardry that costs far more than a few pieces of gold. Tonight's case in point - in the Twilight Zone.
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Decidedly low key, understated episode is set in a small and poor western town where a young man named Luis Gallegos is about to be hanged for the accidental killing of a child he committed with his wagon while drunk. His father desperately tries to have his life spared, and is fooled by an unscrupulous peddler named Sykes(played by Thomas Gomez) to buy a bag of magic dust to change everyone's heart, and show mercy, but all are shocked by what happens next at the hanging... Well intentioned but unmemorable effort is certainly not among the highlights of series canon, but remains a passable tale of forgiveness.
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