Dust (The Twilight Zone)

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The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 2
Episode 48
Directed by Douglas Heyes
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Jerry Goldsmith
Production code 173-3653
Original air date January 6, 1961
Guest actors

Thomas Gomez: Sykes
Vladimir Sokoloff: Gallegos
John Larch: The Sheriff
John Alonzo: Luis Gallegos
Paul Genge: John Canfield
Dorothy Adams: Mrs. Canfield
Duane Grey: Rogers
Andrea Darvi: Estrelita
Jon Lormer
Doug Heyes Jr.: Farmer boy
Dan White

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"Dust" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.


In this western-period-themed episode, an unscrupulous peddler, after selling the executioner some five-strand rope needed for a hanging, sells a bag of "magic" dust to the condemned man's father. The condemned man had been found guilty of causing the death of a child (accidentally). The peddler collects ordinary dirt from the ground and insists that it will spread good will throughout the crowd and will make them feel love and sympathy for the man sentenced to be hanged. After making the purchase as the crowd gathers for the hanging, the man's father cries out and starts sprinkling the dust everywhere. To his dismay, he hears the floor drop behind him and turns to see that the fresh and sturdy noose has broken and his son is unharmed. When asked if another hanging attempt should be made, the girl's parents decide that it shouldn't, that the condemned man has suffered enough. As father and son walk home, the peddler discovers that he is also affected by the "magic" after throwing his gold pieces from the sale of the dust to the poor children of the town, laughing about it afterward.

See also[edit]


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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