Nightmares and Dreamscapes – Umney’s Last Case
Umney’s Last Case is the third episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes, blurring the lines between fact and fiction.
Clyde Umney is a private investigator with that uncanny suave nature with the ladies.
The gritty and tough private eye with a past, losing himself in women and booze, Umney lives in 1938 Los Angeles.
But his world is turned upside down when he learns the truth of his existence, Umney is nothing more than a character in a book series written by Sam Landry.
However, Umney’s life is changed when he meets his creator Landry face-to-face with dire consequences when Landry writes himself into the book series and Umney into the real world.
Umney’s Last Case deals with the grief of a father (Landry) and the revenge of a character come to life (Umney).
Portrayed by the same actor (William H. Macy), Landry physically takes Umney’s place easily but he is not the same as the tough-as-nails and gritty private eye that he created.
And Umney cannot help himself from first hurting Landry’s wife by flirting and then seeking his revenge against Landry in the world created for the book series.
Mixing some seriousness and some satire, Umney’s Last Case blurs fact and fiction by trading spaces between writer and character. Being a big reader, this episode of Nightmares and Dreamscapes is definitely one of my favorites.