Hyder Simpson and his wife Rachel have been married for 50 years. They are simple country folk who live in a small cabin in the mountains. One evening after dinner, Hyder and his dog go off raccoon hunting. When the dog jumps into a fast moving stream Hyder jumps him to rescue him. He wakes up the next morning having apparently spent the night in the woods. When he gets home however, he and his dog are invisible to everyone around them, Rachel is dressed in black and it's apparent that he's died. Thus begins Hyder's journey, one that presents him with choices. Written by
The actress, Jeannette Nolan, who plays the wife was later a guest star on an episode of The Waltons (1971), which was created by the author of this story, Earl Hamner, Jr. (credited here as Earl Hamner). See more »
Travelers to unknown regions would be well-advised to take along the family dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least, it happened that way once - in a mountainous area of the Twilight Zone.
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Man's best friend in the form of hound dog Rip is central to this one. Hillbilly Hyder Simpson (Arthur Hunnicutt) goes raccoon hunting with his dog and the result is game, set, and match to the raccoon. Hyder and Rip drown together, but one of them is clueless about what's going on (Hyder). So what's to do now? They follow a road being 'not in Kansas anymore' and Hyder's happy to go where he can take Rip. A likable tale from Earl Hamner Jr, his for the Zone. The great character actress Jeanette Nolan makes her first of two appearances in the Zone (the other in 'Jess-Belle', series four-also by Hamner) as Rachel, the superstitious wife of Hyder. From her film debut as Lady Macbeth in Orson Welles' 'Macbeth' there was very often witchcraft (as in 'Jess-Belle') or some hint of mysticism about her roles. Here as Rachel she has an ominous premonition that seems validated by Hyder's death. Both Hunnicutt and Nolan play their parts earnestly, making this an engaging, albeit riddled with corn pone, entry.
I don't care for the afterlife stuff in it, but this might well affirm your belief in dog.
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