Lawman Conny Miller rides into a small dusty town not long after the townsfolk have gunned down the man he's been tracking for four months. He feels like he's wasted that four months and someone bets him $20 he hasn't the nerve to visit the dead man's grave. He takes that bet and has little difficulty going to the grave. Leaving it however proves to be another matter however. Written by
As Conny Miller climbs the hill to the grave, a very prominent vertical line is visible, where the backdrop artwork for "the cloudy night sky" was folded. See more »
Final comment: you take this with a grain of salt or a shovelful of earth, as shadow or substance, we leave it up to you. And for any further research, check under 'G' for 'ghost' in the Twilight Zone.
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To relate this episode of "The Twilight Zone" to Melville's classic tale of obsession and compulsion is absurd! Stop making so much of Pittman's story. It is neither than good nor as complex. Melville's characters are far more developed, the story line far more complicated, the narrator (Ishmael) more subtle, and Ahab much larger than life, than any of the characters in "The Grave." While it is nice to catch real references in television fiction to great literature, "The Twilight Zone" is rarely the place to get it. Not that Serling and other writers in the series were not fine writers--of course they were. But borrowing from Melville??? Making the Pequod a "prarie schooner"? Get real!
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