Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 7

The Grave (27 Oct. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" The Grave (original title)

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Old West lawman Conny Miller visits the grave of a man who he failed to track down to prove he was never afraid of him but gets more than he bargained for.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Conny Miller
Johnny Rob
Elen Willard ...
Ione Sykes
William Challee ...
Ira Broadly
Larry Johns ...
Dick Geary ...
Pinto Sykes (as Richard Geary)


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 garykmcd

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grave | laughter | knife | death | coat | See All (14) »





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27 October 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lee Marvin, Strother Martin & Lee Van Cleef teamed up again in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), released six months later. See more »


When Conny Miller first enters the saloon, and it shows him entering from the inside, you can plainly see a set wall directly behind him, instead of what should be the open space of the street. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: 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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For those who have also seen Cat Ballou.....
5 April 2015 | by (NYC area) – See all my reviews

I just watched this episode on MeTV and although I'd seen it before not all that long ago (certainly not way back in '61 tho' I may have also seen it back then as well) it never before struck me that Lee Marvin is wearing what most likely is the same hat he wore as Tim Strawn in Cat Ballou.

I've submitted that little factoid to both this episode's trivia page and the Cat Ballou trivia page and although I certainly can't swear that it's the same hat since that would have to come from Lee Marvin himself or a close family member, it's either the same hat or an identical one.

Knowing Lee Marvin as the kind of guy that I suspect he was, I'd bet he saved that very distinctive hat from this episode and used it as part of Tim Strawn's attire. Indeed, I wouldn't be surprised if he came up with the metal nose thing as well.

He was a great actor and a joy to watch in any role he played. Here, as Conny Miller, he could very well have been just honing his future part as Tim Strawn.

Wouldn't surprise me at all if it were true. I think he was that kind of actor and that kind of guy.

I note one other reviewer here referenced Cat Ballou but apparently didn't notice the hat! If he did, he didn't mention it.

Not to wander too far off topic, but if you feel as I do, be sure to catch him in Gorky Park, if you haven't already.

Also BTW, I enjoyed seeing Lee Van Cleef in this episode as I also grew up in the Somerville, NJ area and still live in what used to be part of Somerville but is now part of Bridgewater (Township). Not that it matters; I'm just sayin'....

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