The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 20

Showdown with Rance McGrew

Aired Unknown Feb 02, 1962 on CBS



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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Some one-hundred-odd years ago, a motley collection of tough mustaches galloped across the West and left behind a raft of legends and legerdemains, and it seems a reasonable conjecture that if there were any television sets up in cowboy heaven and any of these rough-and-woolly nail-eaters could see with what careless abandon their names are bandied about, they're very likely turning over in their graves. Which gives you a clue as to the proceedings that will begin in just a moment, when one Mr. Rance McGrew, a three-thousand-buck-a-week-phony-baloney discovers that this week's current edition of make-believe is being shot on location-and that location is the Twilight Zone.

    • Rance: (in character) There's something else I know that you don't know that you don't know that I know that you know Jesse James.

    • Rance: Now last, last year, we had one strip in which one of the Dalton boys went free.
      Jesse: He told me about it. He also told me how you captured him. You jumped 800' off a cliff and landed on the back of his horse when he wasn't looking. Now come on, Marshal, did you ever jump 800' off a cliff and land on a man's horse.
      Rance: Heights... heights make me... ill.
      Jesse: That figures.

    • Jesse: Just like I figured, this guy couldn't outdraw a crayon.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: The evolution of the so-called "adult" western, and the metamorphosis of one Rance McGrew, formerly phony-baloney, now upright citizen with a preoccupation with all things involving tradition, the truth and cowpoke predecessors. It's the way the cookie crumbles and the six-gun shoots... in the Twilight Zone.

    • Jesse:: We may be stiffs up there... but we're sensitive!

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