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
Many reviewers have cited Leo Rosten's very short story "The Path Through the Cemetery" as the source of this episode. While this much-anthologized tale is probably the immediate source, there are many other available ones which include the three essential story elements: grave, wager, & knife. The oldest printed version in English to be found dates from 1825 when it appeared in the pages of The Terrific Register. The story has been recently reprinted in the compilation Tales From The Terrific Register: Book of Ghosts (2010) pp. 107-112. The setting is Westminster Abbey around the year 1735 when the Henry VII Chapel Vault has been opened for the admission of the Queen's body. (The Queen must be George II's consort Caroline of Ansbach who died on 20 November 1737 and is the only Queen buried in the vault anywhere near the year 1735). The only significant change is that the wielder of the knife survives his ordeal and relates much of the tale in the first person. It should be noted that The Terrific Register was notorious for publishing fiction as fact and that it was probably a well-known legend by 1825. 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 »
Look at my cloak. Is the wind blowing it across the grave?
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Just an observation that they must have filmed this during the making of "The Man who Shot Liberty Valance" since Lee Marvin and Lee Van Cleet and Strother Martin who were part of Liberty's gang were in this episode. James Best was another excellent addition to this episode all that was missing was those darn Duke Boys!
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