'Way Out (1961)
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William and Mary 

A bullying husband allows his brain to be kept alive after his demise to irritate his wife, but she may have the last laugh.


Marc Daniels


Roald Dahl (by)




Episode cast overview:
Henry Jones ... William Pearl
Fritz Weaver ... Dr. Landy
Mildred Dunnock ... Mary Pearl
Barnard Hughes ... Dr. Forster
Roald Dahl ... Himself - Host


A bullying husband allows his brain to be kept alive after his demise to irritate his wife, but she may have the last laugh.

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Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi





Release Date:

31 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Version of Late Night Horror: William and Mary (1968) See more »

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What an amazing cast! And so delightfully nasty!
2 September 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like other episodes of "Way Out", it's introduced by Roald Dahl. And, like the others, his script and delivery is very, very weird--and quite funny--in a black sort of way.

While the names won't be household names, this first episode of "Way Out" has an amazing array of actors--strong supporting and character actors. Think about it--Fritz Weaver, Barnard Hughes, Henry Jones (who is GREAT here) and Mildred Dunnock all together for one show! The show begins with a NASTY old man (Jones) being told he has only weeks to live. Instead of being sad, however, he spends his time treating his poor wife like a dog--barking orders to her and being a total jerk. A bit later, a doctor comes and discusses a breakthrough operation that COULD keep the brain alive indefinitely. He won't be able to do much--but he would be kept alive. He agrees to the surgery for one reason--to stick around and make his wife's life a living hell! But, like many of the other episodes of "Way Out", there is a nasty little twist that makes it all very enjoyable.

Considering how wonderful many of the episodes were (especially this one), it's amazing that not even a full season's worth of episodes were aired. It seemed like the perfect lead-in for "The Twilight Zone" at CBS, but somehow the plug got pulled on what was a delightful series.

By the way, listen for the funny historically significant line "Watson come in here, I need you!" This is in the show and was also what Alexander Graham Bell supposedly said the first time his telephone worked!

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