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An old man and his dog are drowned while coon huntin' and must confront a gatekeeper who seems to be St. Peter at Heaven's door.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x19
Production Number: 4810
Airdate: Friday January 26th, 1962

Guest Stars
Jeanette NolanJeanette Nolan
As Rachel Simpson
Arthur HunnicuttArthur Hunnicutt
As Hyder Simpson

Co-Guest Stars
Charles SeelCharles Seel
As Rev. Wood
Titus MoedeTitus Moede
As Wesley Miller
Robert FoulkRobert Foulk
As Gatekeeper (as Robert Faulk)
Dexter DuPontDexter DuPont
As Messenger
Orville ShermanOrville Sherman
As Tillman Miller
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Hyder Simpson brings in wood for his wife Rachel and insists that his dog Rip come in with him, because the dog once saved his life. They sit down to supper and Hyder says he and Rip plan to go coon hunting. Rachel warns him not too, saying that she's saw several bad omens. Hyder disregards her warning and heads out that night. Rip goes after a coon and follows it into a lake with Hyder in hot pursuit. Rip doesn't come up and Hyder leaps in to safe his beloved dog...

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Episode Notes
The writer, Earl Hammer Jr., is the same man who created The Waltons.

Jeanette Nolan was also in "Jess-Belle."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
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.

Hyder: Then I take your name to St. Peter?
Gatekeeper: I keep the gate, and that's a fact.

Messenger: You see, Mr. Simpson, a man...well, he'll walk right into Hell with both eyes open. But even the Devil can't fool a dog!

Messenger: I'm just a regular angel here.
Hyder: Where's your wings, son?
Messenger: Well, shucks I don't use them half the time. I appreciate walking myself.

Closing Narration
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.

Episode References
In 2000, the episode was used as the basis of an Internet chain letter.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
MusicRobert Drasnin
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Film EditorBill Mosher
SoundWilliam Edmondson  |  Franklin Milton
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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