If there ain’t no dogs, it ain’t no heaven
It was 50 years ago today that this classic episode of The Twilight Zone, called “The Hunt,” originally aired.
The clip above shows the last third of the episode.
Hyder Simpson has just about realized, by then, that he is dead.
Him and his dog, Rip, had left the house long about supper time, and the dog, he picked up a coon trail, you see. Rip plunged into a creek in pursuit of the raccoon. When Rip didn’t come up, Hyder went in after him, and he didn’t come up neither.
When next we see them, they are awakening in a meadow. It slowly dawns on Hyder that no one can detect his presence, or Rip’s for that matter. After seeing his grieving widow, and the casket holding his earthly remains, Hyder sets off for the great beyond — not sure what that’s going to be, seein’ as as he never went in much for hymns or scripture.
He and Rip start walking, first coming across what bills itself as heaven.
He’s told he’s welcome there, but that dogs aren’t allowed.
Needless to say — Rip and Hyder havin’ them a right powerful bond — Hyder declines to enter, and he utters the following lines, all of which you can use next time a motel, restaurant, park, shop or other establishment devilishly declines entry to your dog:
“I don’t reckon in there is any place for me … any place that’s too high falutin’ for Rip is too fancy for me.”
“What kind of outfit you runnin’ don’t allow no dogs?”
“A dog’s got a right to have a man around just like a man’s got a right to have a dog around.”
Hyder and Rip hear out the man who describes himself as St. Peter, but (and note how Rip detects something isn’t right) they decide not to go through the gate. Instead, they press on.
Eventually they come across an angel who offers to usher them into the real heaven.
“Ain’t gonna set foot in heaven without Rip.” Hyder tells him.
But in heaven, of course, dogs are welcome. And what of that first place they stopped? Well, as Rip’s discomfort there might have attested, that was hell.
It’s the angel who utters this classic line:
“You see, Mr. Simpson, a man, well he’ll walk right into hell with both eyes open, but even the devil can’t fool a dog.”
The episode was the first of eight that Earl Hamner wrote for The Twilight Zone — and 50 years later, we tip our hat to him.
Hamner went on to create ”The Waltons” (That’s his voice you hear narrating the episodes, should you happen to stumble across John Boy and family in a repeat.)
Should you happen to stumble across Hyder or Rip, well, you’ll know you’re in the right place.
Posted by jwoestendiek January 26th, 2012 under Muttsblog, videos.
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