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The Leprechaun-Artist/Dead Run 

"The Leprechaun-Artist": Three teenage boys are each granted a wish after catching a vacationing leprechaun. "Dead Run": A down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a job hauling an unusual cargo.


Rod Serling (created by), Tommy Lee Wallace (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cork Hubbert ... Shawn McGool (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Joey Green Joey Green ... J.P. (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Bradley Gregg ... Richie (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Danny Nucci ... Buddy (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
James Hess James Hess ... Sergeant Brewer (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Marguerite DeLain Marguerite DeLain ... J.P.'s Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Burr Middleton Burr Middleton ... Richie's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Charles Stransky ... Buddy's Dad (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist") (as Chuck Stransky)
Melinda Peterson ... Buddy's Mom (segment "The Leprechaun-Artist")
Steve Railsback ... Johnny Davis (segment "Dead Run")
John de Lancie ... Dispatcher (segment "Dead Run") (as John DeLancie)
Barry Corbin ... Pete Siekovich (segment 'Dead Run')
Ebbe Roe Smith ... Gary Frick (segment "Dead Run")
James Lashly ... Merle (segment "Dead Run")
Paul Jenkins ... Trucker #3 (segment "Dead Run")


Dead Run: A former hell-raising, now down-on-his-luck trucker accepts a last-chance job hauling condemned souls to Hell. The souls are taken by the trailer load to a complex of metal buildings filled with flames and the screams of the doomed, surrounded by barbed wire fences and faceless guards, in general resembling a prison. Something's wrong, though, as many of the souls seem to be wrongly condemned, and have huddled together to try to make sense of the situation and to help and protect themselves from the true demons. The trucker is upset by this, and tries to discuss it with his peers, but they tell him look the other way and mind his own business, judgment is not his problem. He tries to see 'the head man', but discovers that God, very busy with world affairs, has turned the job of judging over to a very conservative underling, who condemns based on the smallest of sins. The trucker decides to take matters into his own hands, and on his next run, stops and questions the souls ... Written by big_guy

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Release Date:

21 February 1986 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Artists Association applauded the accepting message toward homosexuals in "Dead Run". See more »

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Stupid Kids & The Road to Hell!
23 April 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

In the first of these, three pretty normal kids who don't know how well they have it, catch a leprechaun and are each granted a wish. Of course, they don't think through what they wish for. The terminology they use is ambiguous and thoughtless and so their wishes turn sour. In the second, Steve Railsbach (I remember playing Charlie Manson in "Helter Skelter") is a reckless trucker. He has had numerous driving encounters and has lost his insurance. Barry Corbin (Northern Exposure) gives him a tryout, bringing souls to hell. It turns out there isn't much quality control sending people to the netherworld. It's again all the right-wing bigotry. He encounters people who should never have been condemned.

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