Night Gallery

Season 3 Episode 18

Die Now, Pay Later

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Die Now, Pay Later
Business booms when an undertaker slashes funeral prices during a January clearance sale.

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  • Is there a link between the sale at the local undertaker's establishment and the spate of recent deaths in town?

    A colloquy between a none-too-bright small-town lawman and the loquacious and slightly sinister local undertaker occupies almost all this brief story. We learn that the undertaker and his buddy with the badge don't often meet any more and that the latter's harridan wife distrusts the undertaker because one of his ancestors was rumoured locally to be a warlock. But that was centuries ago - surely the recent tragic demises couldn't have connection with this old wives' tale? Will Geer's honey voice manages to insinuate all kinds of possibilities as the story unfolds, and his smile grows ever more satanic as the camera moves closer to him. The story wastes too much time on his prowling cat, however, and ends predictably and over-abruptly.moreless
Will Geer

Will Geer

Walt Peckinpah

Guest Star

Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens

Sheriff Ned Harlow

Guest Star

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • 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.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This show was produced for the second season but never aired. It was not released on the season 2 DVD. In syndication, it airs with "Dead Weight", and is padded out to fill the necessary running time with stock footage of a black cat, funerals, and ambulances coming to pick up dead people.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Year-End Clearance" by Mary Linn Roby.