Tales from the Darkside (1983–1988)
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Bigalow's Last Smoke 

Chain smoker Frank Bigalow is imprisoned in a simulacrum of his apartment, then forced to quit smoking and punished each time he lights up.


Timna Ranon


Michael McDowell (teleplay), Kenneth Wayne Hanis (story) (co-writer) (as Ken Hanis) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview:
Richard Romanus ... Frank Bigalow
Sam Anderson ... Dr. Synapsis
Howard Dayton Howard Dayton ... Matthews
Catherine Battistone Catherine Battistone ... Talk Show Hostess
Paul Sparer Paul Sparer ... Narrator (voice)


In the spirit of the anti-smoking propaganda popular in the 1980's, Bigalow's Last Smoke introduces Frank Bigalow. Frank is a pretty nice guy but a chronic chain-smoker, hoping to quit but finding himself a prisoner of his indulgences. When he wakes up one morning he finds himself trapped in a surreal copy of his own hope, but this new copy-home is secretly an anti-tobacco trap, and Frank discovers that he'll be tortured into quitting his cigarette addictions. Written by GasmaskProductionsBooks

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Release Date:

9 June 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bigalow is trapped inside a simulacrum (duplicate) of his apartment, unable to leave until he determines to quit smoking. There is a small hole in the wall through which he hears (but cannot see) Mr Matthews, who seems to be in a situation similar to his. Bigalow has one cigarette, but no matches. Matthews says he has matches, but needs a cigarette, and offers to trade a match for a cigarette. Bigalow says, "It's a terrible trade. What do I need a cigarette for if I don't have a match?" Logically, as the one who would be giving up the cigarette and getting the match, he should have rejected the trade by saying, "What do I need a match for if I don't have a cigarette?" See more »


Tales from the Darkside Theme
Composed by Donald Rubinstein
Written by Erica Lindsay
Co-written by Donald Rubinstein
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Will put you off smoking for life
25 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

BIGALOW'S LAST SMOKE is a fun episode of TALES FROM THE DARKSIDE, although I seem to recall it heavily copies a Stephen King short story with the same subject matter (and one which was in the horror anthology film CAT'S EYES). The essential story involves a chain smoker who is imprisoned inside his own apartment and forced into giving up thanks to punishment therapy.

This episode is surprisingly well acted with strong production values and a narrative which excises any extraneous material in favour of pure entertainment. It's no classic, but it does boast a fun twist and some good scenes of the smoker getting put through his paces.

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