Today, March 28th, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia remember director Richard L. Bare, who passed on this day in 2015 at age 101 (!).
Bare (1913-2015) directed seven excellent episodes of the Zone: "Third From the Sun," "The Purple Testament," "Nick of Time," "The Prime Mover," "To Serve Man," "The Fugitive," and "What's in the Box." Even on the limited budgets that Zone provided, Bare could be enormously creative – just witness his unique angles in "Third From the Sun," especially shooting his principals from under a glass coffee table.
Unlike many of his colleagues who cut their teeth on live television, Bare's career goes back to the 1940s when he began producing and directing a lengthy series of comedy shorts, the titles of which usually began with the words "So You Want to…" and included So You Want to Give Up Smoking (1942) and So You Want to Be a Baby Sitter (1949). His final short was So Your Wife Wants to Work in 1956. In a way, all of these shorts (there were 62 of them) and all of their varied topics helped prepare him for top anthology work, particularly on the Zone.
Specializing in episodic comedy, he later directed 166 episodes of Green Acres — certainly a record that will stand forever. After that show was canceled, I betcha his dreams were filled with Arnold the Pig and Hank the County Agent references.
So, on this, the anniversary of Richard Bare's passing, let's remember another one of Rod Serling's directing aces who brought enormous talent to the small screen and carved a space in the unique world we call The Twilight Zone.