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.

Director:

Montgomery Pittman

Writers:

Montgomery Pittman, Rod Serling (created by)
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Cast

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)
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Storyline

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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grave | knife | threat | outlaw | graveyard | See All (14) »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Grave See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Lee Marvin (Conny Miller) wore the same hat when playing Tim Strawn in Cat Ballou (1965). See more »

Goofs

When Conny Miller first enters the saloon, and it shows him entering from the inside, you can plainly see a set wall directly behind him, instead of what should be the open space of the street. See more »

Quotes

[closing narration]
Narrator: Final comment: you take this with a grain of salt or a shovelful of earth, as shadow or substance, we leave it up to you. And for any further research, check under 'G' for 'ghost' in the Twilight Zone.
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Connections

Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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The wind does change?
23 February 2014 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Written and directed by Montgomery Pittman and starring Lee Marvin, Strother Martin, James Best, Lee Van Cleef, Stafford Rep and Ellen Willard.

The best of the Western themed Twilight Zone episodes finds Conny Miller (Marvin) returning to his local town after famed outlaw Pinto Sykes (Richard Geary) has been shot and killed by the townsfolk. Conny had been hired to track Pinto and kill him himself, but surprisingly he never got close to him, something Pinto took great delight in letting folk know that Conny was afraid of him and purposely kept his distance. A deathbed vow from Pinto is relayed to Conny, resulting in a challenge for him to go up to Pinto's grave at midnight and stick a dagger in the earth…

A ghostly Zone episode that begins in a blaze of gunfire frenzy but the settles into a moody slow build before revealing its wonderfully ambiguous finale. The cast list is a Western fan's dream, the crisp photography by George T. Clemens accentuates the feeling that there might be supernatural forces at work, and Pittman's unhurried direction proves to be a masterstroke. 9/10


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