The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 32

Mr. Garrity and the Graves

Aired Unknown May 08, 1964 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Jared Garrity arrives in the Old West town of Happiness, Arizona, proclaiming he can revive the dead.

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  • A con artist arrives in a small town where the naive residents pay him to bring their deceased family members back from the grave.

    The superb "Mr. Garrity and the Graves" is a perfect example of the brilliance of the Twilight Zone and the genius that was Rod Serling. John Dehner is one of my favorite Twilight Zone actors, and he is great in this episode. A con artist named Garrity arrives in an old western town and claims he can raise the dead. Mr. Garrity offers the townspeople a chance to bring their loved ones back to life for a price, ofcourse. The clever Garrity uses illusions to deceive the townsfolk, but not only is he deceiving the unsuspecting residents of Happy, Arizona, in the end it appears he is also deceiving himself.moreless
  • Claiming to be able to raise the dead, a stranger in an olde West Arizona town has everyone on edge waiting for midnight, when the dead from Boothill Cemetery will leave their graves to rejoin family and friends who claim to miss them. Or do they?moreless

    Despite this episode debuting in the final season of The Twilight Zone, it is fresh, original and evidences the high standards that Mr. Serling kept during the long run of TZ. The atmosphere and story could have been a classic from the first season, yet appeared late in the last season.

    Granted, Mr. Serling had his battles with the network over filming some shows on video tape and then there were the hour-long episodes which Rod felt were too long, and needed padding to fill the 60 minutes. So, things were not always well during the 5 season run of The Twilight Zone, but when allowed to run episodes his own way the difference in feel, quality and plot were elevated.

    Mr. Garrity And The Graves is a perfect example. While some televison series complain of running out of ideas after a few years, Mr. Serling continued to serve-up for the viewer thought (and fear) provoking images, which always carried a lesson to be learned ... from The Twilight Zone.

    Great episode. I believe one of the best and containing all the great Serling elements.

    As for the brother of the bartender vanishing right in sight of the townspeople (despite Mr. Garrity having no magical powers), well, I interpret that as the television viewer being allowed to see and feel what the townspeople thought they saw...a man disappearing in the fog at night.

    Then turns out to be that Mr. Garrity did, indeed, have powers.

    Take Care, TZ Fans.

Kate Murtagh

Kate Murtagh

Zelda Gooberman

Guest Star

John Cliff

John Cliff

Lightning Peterson

Guest Star

John Mitchum

John Mitchum


Guest Star

J. Pat O'Malley

J. Pat O'Malley


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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • It is very unlikely that all those townspeople, including the town drunk, would have at least $500 cash on their person. This was probably done to speed up the plot resolution but still, that translates to at least $10,000 in today's dollars.

    • It's established that Garrity has no magical powers. So how does his henchman, disguised as the dead brother, disappear in the middle of the street in front of over a dozen witnesses?

  • QUOTES (2)

    • (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.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: 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.

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