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The Twilight Zone: Mr. Garrity and the Graves

A con man convinces the citizens of an Old West town that he can raise their dead family members from the cemetery.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x32
Production Number: 2637
Airdate: Friday May 08th, 1964

Director: Ted Post
Writer: Rod Serling
Story: Mike Korologos

Guest Stars
J. Pat OJ. Pat O'Malley
As Gooberman
John DehnerJohn Dehner
As Jared Garrity
John MitchumJohn Mitchum
As Ace
Percy HeltonPercy Helton
As Lapham
Stanley AdamsStanley Adams
As Jensen
John CliffJohn Cliff
As Lightning Peterson
Kate MurtaghKate Murtagh
As Zelda Gooberman
Norman LeavittNorman Leavitt
As Sheriff Gilchrist
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Mr. Jared Garrity, a "salesman" walks into a local saloon of Happiness, Arizona, and orders a beer. He then engages in a conversation with the bartender, who tells Garrity about the town's lawless past before law & order was finally restored. The bartender also mentions Boot Hill Cemetery, with 128 interred, all except one having died from gunshot wounds. When the barkeep asks Garrity about his line of work, Garrity calmly responds that he resurrects the dead. This revelation causes the bartender to drop his glass and call for the sheriff...

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Episode Notes
J. Pat O'Malley is also in "Walking Distance," "The Chaser," "Back There," "The Fugitive" and " The Self-Improvement of Salvadore Ross."

John Dehner was also in "The Lonely" and "The Jungle."

John Mitchum is also in "The Rip Van Winkle Caper."

Percy Helton is also in "Mute."

Stanley Adams was also in "Once Upon a Time."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Introducing Mr. Jared Garrity, a gentleman of commerce, who in the latter half of the nineteenth century plied his trade in the wild and woolly hinterlands of the American West. And Mr. Garrity, if one can believe him, is a resurrector of the dead--which, on the face of it, certainly sounds like the bull is off the nickel. But to the scoffers amongst you, and ladies and gentlemen from Missouri, don't laugh this one off entirely, at least until you've seen a sample of his wares and an example of his services. The place is Happiness, Arizona, the time about 1890. And you and I have just entered a saloon where the bar whiskey is brewed, bottled, and delivered from the Twilight Zone.

Garrity: (to Jensen) Mr. Jensen, you dishonor the man, and here he is returned from the grave. And after that unfortunate, accidental bullet that caught him between the shoulder blades?

Sheriff: (to Garrity) You mean you're going to resurrect that gunman?
Garrity: It was a mass operation. As a matter of fact, Sheriff, it will give you a marvelous opportunity to dispel those ugly rumors I heard that you actually shot Peterson in the back, late at night, when he was alone and unarmed, and you had six deputies alongside of you...
Lapham: Seven!
Garrity: Now, I know that you faced up to him in broad daylight, but this will give you an opportunity to shoot him down, if need be, face to face.

Closing Narration
Exit Mr. Garrity, a would-be charlatan, a make-believe con man and a sad misjudger of his own talents. Respectfully submitted from an empty cemetery on a dark hillside that is one of the slopes leading to the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingLarry Stewart
MusicTommy Morgan (2)
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Eddie Imazu
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
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