Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 28 (Night Gallery’s They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar)

Saturday Frights Podcast Episode 28 (Night Gallery’s They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar)

Welcome back friends to the Saturday Frights Podcast! Each podcast my co-host, the Projectionist and I will discuss a particular horror movie or horror themed TV episode from the Retroist Vault. This time since it is our first year anniversary we picked a 1971 segment from Night Gallery entitled “They’re Tearing Down Tim Riley’s Bar”. We give a full synopsis for the episode as well as talk about the notable cast and crew…plus the Projectionist surprises me with an incredible gift from my youth.

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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  1. This very episode aired last night on MeTV! I watched it. It’s quite sad. I loved Night Gallery.

    BTW, you gonna post some of those drive in flyers?

  2. I love that episode so much, Patrick. If I can find the ads I’ll be sure to share them…though two of them on the reel have been posted before on the site:



    I doubt that the 1970’s Dr. Pepper and Coke ads are online nor the local businesses, I’ll keep my eyes open though just in case. :D

  3. A fine episode of Night Gallery. I found the series a bit more hit and miss than Twilight Zone, although even that vaunted series had its ups and downs. I think overall that Walking Distance was a better Serling treatise on pining for things past than Riley’s Bar. There were less machinations about the transition between present and past in the former, where the latter drags on the journey to the obvious conclusion.

    In Walking Distance, Serling also creates true poetry in the scene at the carousel between father and son, with an impassioned speech from the father, played by the great character actor Frank Overton. I don’t think Serling ever reaches such philosophical heights in Riley’s Bar.

    And then, of course, you have the final statement from Serling about looking for escape in the past with A Stop at Willoughby, with its thuddingly dark ending.

    Great stuff. I really enjoyed the podcast.

  4. Thank you very much for the kind words, 8TrackMind! I look forward to covering both Walking Distance and A Stop at Willoughby in future podcasts. :)

  5. Well, I look forward to listening to them ;)

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