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2 lonely people are brought together by the spirit of the farmer's dark-haired son
paulbehrer2217311 December 2008
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Judith, the widowed schoolteacher, begins encountering the spirit of Joel, the dark-haired son of Tom, a widowed farmer, from her first day of replacing Miss Mason, her predecessor. She mentions the first incident to Abigail and Lettie, the 2 sisters with whom she boards, which upsets them, and each time after that in which she sees Joel outside the schoolhouse while grading her students' work each evening after class, she makes an effort to reach out to him, but he runs away. She then connects Joel to his father, Tom, who initially responds with hostility to her inquiries about his son, but eventually admits that he, too, has seen Joel, ever since Joel died of a fall from the schoolhouse ladder 2 years ago, and like when Joel never speaks to or approaches Judith when he appears outside the window of the schoolhouse each evening, neither does Joel speak to or approach his father when he appears to him. He simply haunts both. Judith then realizes that she, of all the people in the community, is the only one who might be able to reach Joel. Both Judith and Tom, united by their common loneliness and growing affection for one another, resolve to face the boy together, and that evening Joel and Judith are reading together from a book, at which point Tom and Judith ask Joel to join them on the trek home. Joel indeed does this, maintaining a pace that isn't too close, yet never falls behind. Upon reaching the woods, though, Joel's spirit vanishes. Tom and Judith stand on the porch, hand in hand, and Tom whistles to Joel with the call of the whippoorwill, and Joel's spirit responds in kind with the same call. The dark boy finally came home, having united 2 lonely people. I thought that this story was very well told since it dealt with the theme of loneliness. Spoiler Alert: Michael Laird, producer Jack Laird's son, is one of the students in this story. paulbehrer22173 December 11, 2008
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Keep in Touch-We'll Think of Something
paulbehrer2217312 February 2009
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I viewed this segment several times, and I have to admit that there's one of 2 points of view that those who view the segment can decide to take: 1. Claire was using Erik as a deniable accessory to the murder of her wealthy husband, and by that I mean that Claire has Erik kill her spouse by strangling him in his sleep, then she disavows any knowledge of Erik's deed in order to gain access to her late spouse's wealth. 2. Claire's husband, though wealthy, happens to be a tyrannical, abusive creep, and she's looking to Erik to end the abuse that her husband visits upon her, and live happily ever after with Erik as a result. I choose the latter point of view, because at the time that the story was made, spousal abuse was then a largely undiscussed subject, either in print, in cinema or on TV. There are no spoilers present within this comment, just to make sure you're aware of the fact.
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Two Women
AaronCapenBanner11 November 2014
'The Dark Boy' - Elizabeth Hartman plays a recently widowed schoolteacher hired to teach in a 19th century Montana community. Not there long, she begins to see what she believes is the specter of a young boy who had died in an accident, and now is reaching out to her for an unknown reason, though his father isn't so easily convinced. Nice ghost story has good performances and fine direction.

'Keep In Touch - We'll Think Of Something' - Alex Cord plays a man so desperate to track down a beautiful woman(played by Joanna Pettet) that he makes out a false police report on her description! When he finds her, things really get interesting... Strange story doesn't amount to much but is still offbeat enough to maintain interest.
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Entertaining But Lightweight
Hitchcoc11 June 2014
"The Dark Boy" is a ghost story about a child who won't rest in peace until he sees that his father has stopped mourning and gone on with his life. A young school teacher in pioneer setting, sees a boy with dark features, peering in the windows of the schoolhouse at night. She asks him to come in but he runs. One day, a handsome farmer who seems angry and depressed comes with his child to school. He tells the teacher that his child is his responsibility and not to expect attendance every day. It turns out that this man's child died when he fell from a ladder at the school. The man is a widower and is having quite a bad time. The proof comes with his ability to see what is happening.

"Keep in Touch-We'll Think of Something" features a man who has seen a beautiful woman in his dreams. He goes to the ridiculous extent of reporting a stolen car and identifying the woman to the police. After they do an artist's sketch, she is identified by a traffic cop. They get together and share their thoughts. It turns out she is very rich and in an unsatisfying marriage. What happens is pretty ludicrous. Everything is so far fetched that virtually all credibility goes out the window.
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"Are you afraid of me? I'm not afraid of you."
classicsoncall30 May 2017
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The first hint that something eerie is at work in 'The Dark Boy' occurs when Miss Timm (Elizabeth Hartmann) states to the Moore Sisters (Gale Sondergaard, Hope Summers) that there are seventeen kids in her school room, and they insist that it can't be, there are only sixteen. It doesn't take long for the perceptive viewer to figure out that the young boy Joel Robb (Michael Laird) is an apparition, but the interesting twist to the story is that he'll become the go-between for his Dad (Michael Baseleon) and Miss Timm to get together as a couple. It's one ghost story that's somewhat touching and doesn't rely on a creep factor to fulfill it's mission.

'Keep in Touch - We'll Think of Something' has Joanna Pettet making her second Night Gallery appearance (see the first season episode 'The House'), which would be followed by two more in the series third season. The story has her capitalizing on a police line-up encounter with Erik Sutton (Alex Cord), who made out a false report to get the local cops involved in tracking her down! You had to wonder why the officer in charge didn't book him for filing the incident, but that probably would have derailed the story. Anyway, as the two get together to discuss the situation, Claire Foster (Pettet) hatches a scheme to get rid of her abusive husband. I won't give it away here, but the resolution resides in one of Claire's dreams, which she acts upon to create a whole new reality.
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Two worthy stories
Woodyanders28 September 2018
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"The Dark Boy" - New school teacher Judith Timm (a fine and appealing performance by Elizabeth Hoffman) befriends the ghost of deceased fourth grader Joel Robb (an effective mute portrayal by Michael Laird). Director John Astin ably crafts a strong rural atmosphere along with a flavorsome evocation of the 19th century period setting. This tale further benefits from sturdy acting by Michael Baseleon as hard-nosed farmer Tom and Gale Sondergaard as strict school board member Abigail Moore. The climax makes a poignant point about the basic human need for closure and companionship.

"Keep In Touch - We'll Think of Something" - Musician Erik Sutton (well played by Alex Cord) enlists the assistance of the police to find the beautiful Claire Foster (the stunningly gorgeous Joanna Pettet), who's been haunting Sutton's dreams. This interesting exploration of obsession boasts a chilling twist ending and makes the most out of Pettet's striking beauty.
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