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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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 »


[opening narration]
Narrator: An old man and a hound dog named Rip, off for an evening's pleasure in quest of raccoon. Usually, these evenings end with one tired old man, one battle-scarred hound dog, and one or more extremely dead raccoons, but as you may suspect, that will not be the case tonight. These hunters won't be coming home from the hill. They're headed for the backwoods - of The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Can't Fool A Dog
28 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Arthur Hunnicut portrays Hyder Simpson, who has been married to his wife Rachel(played by Janette Nolan) for 50 years in their rural cabin home in the mountains. One day, Hyder takes his beloved Dog Rip on a Raccoon hunt that goes wrong when both of them seem to drown in a fast-moving river, though appear later unharmed, but compelled to travel down a long road where he comes across two gatekeepers, both of whom welcome him in, but the first won't allow Rip in, so Hyder passes on that one, only to be confronted by quite a revelation when he approaches the second... Heartfelt episode is a valentine for animal lovers, and is wonderfully acted and made as well. Cats however should also get a friendly mention as not being fooled either!

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