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
An old man and a hound dog named Rip, off for an evening's pleasure in quest of raccoon. Usually, these evenings end with one tired old man, one battle-scarred hound dog, and one or more extremely dead raccoons, but as you may suspect, that will not be the case tonight. These hunters won't be coming home from the hill. They're headed for the backwoods - 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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