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Night Gallery: Die Now, Pay Later

An undertaker holds a clearance sale to get rid of excess stock, but is surprised when the local sheriff points out that there has been a subsequent rise in the number of "accidental" deaths.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x63
Production Number: 36755

Director: Timothy Galfas
Story: Mary Linn Roby
Teleplay: Jack Laird

Guest Stars
Will GeerWill Geer
As Walt Peckinpah
Slim PickensSlim Pickens
As Sheriff Ned Harlow
Main Cast


Sheriff Ned Harlow comes to see his old friend, town undertaker Walt Peckinpah. Ned demands to know what Walt is up to, running a clearance sale of funeral accessories. Walt insists that he’s just doing what every business does, trying to get rid of surplus supplies by selling them at rock-bottom prices. He shows Ned his accumulation of old coffins and urns, and says that he needs to get rid of them so he can bring in new stock. When Ned continues to object, Walt redirects the issue to how they used to be friends, but that they haven’t gotten together in five years to drink beer and play checkers, not since Ned married his wife Etta...

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Episode Notes
This episode was produced for the second season, but was never aired. It has since appeared in syndication but was not released on DVD.

Based on the short story "Year-End Clearance" by Mary Linn Roby.

Episode Quotes
Host: Good evening. Please come in. These little objets d'art that you see surrounding me, you won't find in your average art museum. Because these are unusual paintings and statuary, that come to life, or death, whatever the case may be. Because this is the Night Gallery. It's a measure of our current mores that we base our economy on a credit plan. We do things on time, so to speak. Purchase the item, use it while you're paying it off. And this sets up the intriguing premise of this painting, in which the fate between seller and buyer is the ultimate. It's called Die Now, Pay Later.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Assistant DirectorLester William Berke  |  Ralph Sariego
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Executive Story ConsultantGerald Sanford
Assistant To The ProducerAnthony Redman
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Logan Elston  |  Phil Bandierle
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