The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Grave 

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.


Montgomery Pittman


Montgomery Pittman, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Lee Marvin ... Conny Miller
James Best ... Johnny Rob
Strother Martin ... Mothershed
Elen Willard ... Ione Sykes
Lee Van Cleef ... Steinhart
William Challee ... Jasen
Stafford Repp ... Ira Broadly
Larry Johns Larry Johns ... Corcoran
Dick Geary 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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Release Date:

27 October 1961 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode is based upon a popular urban legend. See more »


As Conny Miller climbs the hill to the grave, a very prominent vertical line is visible, where the backdrop artwork for "the cloudy night sky" was folded. See more »


[last lines]
Ione Sykes: Look at my cloak. Is the wind blowing it across the grave?
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'he'll reach up and grab ya!'
31 December 2013 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

Far more of a western-ghost story than the usual style of TZ which tended to be ordinary people caught up in a sudden, weird turn of events. Pinto, a western bad guy is shot dead when the townsmen surround him and they fire eight bullets. So who shot him? No one wants to claim to have killed him, as their fear of Pinto transcends the rational. They only know that the hired bounty hunter Conny Miller (Lee Marvin) was not there to do it.

An intriguing ghost story, written and directed by Montgomery Pittman. Slowly but effectively building as Lee Marvin puts in a good performance as a tough guy who tries to shake off the implied suggestion of cowardice. The barfly townsmen tentatively dare Marvin's gunfighter towards visiting Pinto's grave late at night. Something they're afraid of themselves, especially as they don't know who's bullet killed him. One of them says that he reckons the dead Pinto knows now!

The supporting cast is impressive, Lee Van Cleef ('The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'), James Best ('The Last Rites of Jeff Myrtlebank',also series three), and Strother Martin (of numerous westerns).

Not an episode with a message, but one to be enjoyed late at night... unless...well...'unless maybe you ain't brave enough ?'.

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