Night Gallery | Season One | Episode 6 | January 20, 1971
Segment One | They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar
William Windom | Diane Baker | Bert Convey | Written by Rod Serling | Directed by Don Taylor
Down-at-heel sales director Randy Lane (William Windom) reflects back upon twenty-five lost years at a plastics company, as the world around him crumbles. His sympathetic secretary Lynn Alcott (Diane Baker) tries to save him from his failing work performance, reliance upon the bottle, and up-and-coming rival executive, Harvey Doane (Bert Convey). Lane’s most cherished memories, including those of his late wife, all seem to be inexorably tied to Tim Riley’s Bar, now closed and slated for destruction, yet another erased link to a past that can never be recovered.
Windom’s empathetic portrait of a man disconnected from the modern world drives a surprisingly sentimental episode, lacking the traditional “gotcha” punch at the end. In the face of everything Lane cares about being lost to time, comes the most frightening question of all, “Who will remember?”
Forbidden Tales of Dark Mansion, Issue #10
DC Comics | March-April 1973
DC horror anthology with a sultry, mysterious host (although not set in a mansion, dark or otherwise), warning readers of terrible fates for those visitors unable to distinguish between love and hate.
Illicit lovers Myra and Carl pay the ultimate price by failing to abide by the basic criminal rule, “Never return to the scene of the crime.” A year after killing Myra’s husband and sinking his body in the swamp surrounding the couple’s summer cabin, they return with Myra’s young daughter, only to become victims of a murky bog man who stalks their every move.
A jittery Myra also seemingly fails to learn the second basic rule, “Don’t endlessly babble about your crimes just because a swamp monster is after you.”
They Walk by Night
Two hobos break into a department store to escape the winter cold, but discover they are not alone among the merchandise displays. Aside from the question, “Why vampires?”, a familiar entry in the “Mannequins Coming to Life” category, featuring a slight wrinkle regarding the motivation of the narrator.
At least [SPOILER] Spud the dog makes it out alive [END SPOILER].
Didn’t mannequins come to life in the previous story? A throwaway and completely redundant “Mannequins Coming to Life” story—with mannequins coming to life.
Ghostly Haunts, Issue #21
Charlton Comics | November 1971
Hep-cat horror hostess Winnie, the sexy bespectacled witch, introduces another trio of terrifying tales in her own groovy style, “Do you cats see what I see?”
The Scariest Picture of Them All:
Past-his-prime special effects master Roy Quenton develops a brand new method for getting his nightmares on film—projecting mental images into existence, then recording them. His current picture’s leading lady discovers firsthand the dangers inside of Roy’s head, but his Psycho-house digs, vulture in the foyer, and butler named Cadaver should have served as a warning.
Old Soldiers Never Die:
An old patient of curvy nurse Miss Oliver telepathically projects himself from his nursing home bed into the rice paddies of Vietnam to save her fiancé from certain death at the hands of the Viet Cong. Straight from an armchair general’s fantasy, he’s a fearless buffed-out hero in his own mind.
The Man Who Refused to Die
Through sheer stubborn willpower, Joshua Richards refuses to acknowledge the possibility of his own death, and attains a certain level of immortality. Those around him, from fellow pilots in the skies of Vietnam, to climbing buddies on the slopes of a Himalayan peak, to organized crime thugs, aren’t so lucky—he even causes the death of the Abominable Snowman.
Chamber of Chills, Issue #3
Marvel Comics | March 1973
An anthology of horrors from Marvel Comic’s early-seventies series:
The Thing on the Roof
A treasure-seeking adventurer returns from plundering an ancient temple in Central America with an unexpected pursuer on his trail. Advanced civilizations, even ones from prehistory, should know better than hiding their abominations behind the attractive nuisance of a fantastic temple—of course some native-abusing jackass will come along and drop that shiny jewel into place in the matching recessed slot in the treasure room’s stone door, revealing the secret chamber within.
All the Shapes of Fear
A man’s nightmare of a giant grasping hand proves to be prophetic, leading to a circular loop of cause-and-effect for a tragic accident. A driver’s education simulation comes to life, as a child’s ball rolls into the street.
The Girl Who Cast No Shadow
Another tale stemming from an archeologist’s hubris, and the resulting evil released from a violated temple. Even the curators at the British Museum knew enough to wall up the demonic statue in a basement room (how did they explain that decision to museum administrators?). The lack of a shadow seems to be a strange lure for a successful succubus—imagine all the leering men and their catcalls of “Hey baby, I got your shadow right here!” Hanging around a dive bar at closing time would pull in more unwitting victims, even with the burden of a shadow.