The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Hunt 

Upon returning from a coon hunt, Hyder Simpson discovers that no one can see or hear him because he has passed on.


Harold D. Schuster (as Harold Schuster)


Earl Hamner Jr. (as Earl Hamner), Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Hyder Simpson
Jeanette Nolan ... Rachel Simpson
Robert Foulk ... Gatekeeper (as Robert Faulk)
Dexter Dupont Dexter Dupont ... Angel
Orville Sherman ... Tillman Miller
Charles Seel ... Reverend Wood
Titus Moede ... Wesley Miller


Hyder Simpson and his wife Rachel have been married for 50 years. They are simple country folk who live in a small cabin in the mountains. One evening after dinner, Hyder and his dog go off raccoon hunting. When the dog jumps into a fast moving stream Hyder jumps him to rescue him. He wakes up the next morning having apparently spent the night in the woods. When he gets home however, he and his dog are invisible to everyone around them, Rachel is dressed in black and it's apparent that he's died. Thus begins Hyder's journey, one that presents him with choices. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

26 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jeanette Nolan, who plays the wife was later a guest star on The Waltons: The Calling (1978), a series created by the author of this story, Earl Hamner Jr. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Travelers to unknown regions would be well-advised to take along the family dog. He could just save you from entering the wrong gate. At least, it happened that way once - in a mountainous area of the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Walk The Right Path
23 January 2018 | by DocHollidayIVSee all my reviews

My favorite Twilight Zone episode. I'm grateful to Rod Serling for creating this particular story, and hope he traveled the same path as the main character in it, the character played by Arthur Hunnicutt. Really excellent!

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