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The End of the World 

Hoby has to deal with a snake oil salesman selling the end of the world to a town filled with gullible people.


Don McDougall (as Donald McDougall)


John Robinson


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Episode cast overview:
Robert Culp ... Hoby Gilman
Lawrence Dobkin ... Walter Trump
Richard Hale ... Judge Clement
Claudia Barrett ... Dora McHenry
Dabbs Greer ... Sheriff Chet Farrow
Neyle Morrow ... Fred


Hoby has to deal with a snake oil salesman selling the end of the world to a town filled with gullible people.

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Release Date:

9 May 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In January 2019, online and other media blew-up with comparison between this program and the circumstances surrounding the presidency of Donald Trump. See more »


Walter Trump: I am the only one. Trust me! I can build a wall around your homes that nothing can penetrate.
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Things Haven't Changed Much
10 September 2011 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

In this episode, we see a man...a stranger, no less...ride into town and convince everyone that the world is coming to an end. Conveniently, this is going to happen at midnight. Oh, but wait! The good news is that the stranger has something he can sell the citizens if they want to protect themselves. Amazingly, he also has something for the cattle. So for a price, the world will NOT come to an end...

The whole town is panicked and willing to spend their hard earned money to keep themselves alive...They don't stop to wonder how a huge rock falling from the sky is going to protect them from these mere material things they are asked to buy. How is one town's investing going to save the whole world? Hoby is just passing through when he rides into the town. Because the Sheriff (never liked Greer as a sheriff anyhow) doesn't want to do anything to stop the madness, Hoby orders him to take off his badge. With the badge forcibly removed by Hoby, he takes over in the name of the State of Texas.

As insane as all this sound, I remember something similar happening when I was in high school. The world was going to come to an end by some major event, and people started stocking up on the supplies they would need...It really made no sense to me - how mere supplies was going to keep the world coming to an end...

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