Night Gallery

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 3 : Ep 19

    Room for One Less

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 18

    Die Now, Pay Later

    Aired

  • S 3 : Ep 17

    How to Cure the Common Vampire

    Aired 5/27/73

  • S 3 : Ep 16

    Hatred unto Death

    Aired 5/27/73

  • S 3 : Ep 15

    The Doll of Death

    Aired 5/20/73

  • Cast & Crew
  • Rod Serling

    Host

  • Jim Davis

    Abe Bennett

  • Ed Call

    Drill Instructor

  • Louise Lawson

    Miss Heald

  • John D. Schofield

    Alistair Loring

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  • Night Gallery was creator-host Rod Serling's follow-up to The Twilight Zone. Set in a shadowy museum of the outre, Serling weekly unveiled disturbing portraiture as preface to a highly diverse anthology of tales in the fantasy-horror vein. Bolstering Serling's thoughtful original dramas were adaptations of classic genre material--short stories by such luminaries as H. P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, A.E. van Vogt, Algernon Blackwood, Conrad Aiken, Richard Matheson, August Derleth, and Christianna Brand. Variety of material brought with it a variety of tone, from the deadly serious to the tongue-in-cheek, stretching the television anthology concept to its very limits. (CREW INFORMATION SUPPLEMENT: Jaroslav Gebr was the artist for the pilot film's three gallery paintings. For the series, all of the gallery canvases were painted by Tom Wright. The gallery's metal sculptures were created by Phil Vanderlei and Logan Elston. Most episodes contained multiple story segments. For the listing of episode credits, crew information is listed under the primary story segment except where a production aspect--music, cinematography--differs among the segments.)moreless

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  • Quotes (164)

    • Jeremy: Tell me something, Portifoy. During all those thirty years you have been waiting hand and foot on that dying blob of flesh upstairs, you didn't know there was a nephew in the woodwork... did you, Portifoy?
      Portifoy: Nor did your uncle, sir.
      Jeremy: Well, now you do. So dwell on it, Portifoy.

    • Host: Good evening and welcome to a private showing of three painting, shown here for the first time. Each is a collector's item in its own way. Not because of any special artistic quality but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space a frozen moment of a nightmare. Our initial offering, a small Gothic item in blacks and grays, a piece of the past known as the family crypt. This one we call simply The Cemetery, offered to you now, six feet of earth and all that it contains. Ladies and gentlemen, this is the Night Gallery.

    • Claudia: When I see, I shall drink up Central Park. I shall let it pour through my eyes until it floods my brain. I shall maintain a reservoir of things that I've seen during that brief time... to remember for the rest of my life.

    • Rod Serling: Object d’art number two, a portrait, its subject Miss Claudia Menlo, blind queen who reigns in a carpeted penthouse on 5th Avenue. An imperious, predatory dowager who will soon find a darkness blacker than blindness. This is her story.

    • Rod Serling: And now the final piece. The last of our exhibit has to do with one Joseph Strobe, a Nazi war criminal hiding in South America. A monster who wanted to be a fisherman.

    • Host: We welcome you ladies and gentlemen to an exhibit of art. A collection of oils and still-lifes that share one thing in common: you won't find them in the average salon, or exhibit hall, or art museum. Painting number one. It's titled The Dead Man: an interesting meeting between flesh and bone, between that which walks and that which, you should excuse the expression, gets buried. So we submit for your approval this and other frozen moments of nightmare placed on canvas.

    • Velia Redford: You thought he was dead when he was alive. Suppose he is alive even now. What if his mind is alive and locked in a dead body? Can you tell me without any reservation that when they bury John Fearing in one or two days, he won't be buried alive?

    • Host: Painting Number two. Something on the abstract side to annotate that which is not abstract at all: greed, avarice, and man's constant hunger to change what he doesn't like by whatever means. Said means in this case being a little science mixed with a little black magic. Welcome, if you will, The Housekeeper.

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    Notes (127)

    • Bette Davis was originally cast as Claudia Menlo, but she refused to work with such a young director.

    • This episode was Steven Spielberg's first Hollywood directing experience.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Eyes" by Rod Serling. This story was first published in The Season to Be Wary.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Escape Route" by Rod Serling. This story was first published in The Season to Be Wary.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Dead Man" by Fritz Leiber. This story was first published in Weird Tales (November 1950).

    • The name of the writer listed in the original titles was Matthew Howard, a pseudonym Douglas Heyes used when not directing the episode himself.

    • This episode is based on the short story "Room with a View" by Hal Dresner.

    • An earlier adaptation of the short story "Little Black Bag" appeared on the classic sci-fi anthology show Tales of Tomorrow.

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    Trivia (18)

    • Continuity error: Mr B's breakfast tray appears and disappears.

    • Failing a calendar change in the next 90 years, September 17th, 2098 - the date shown at the beginning of the episode - does not fall on a Thursday (as the prop calendar indicates), but a Wednesday.

    • Per Serling's original script, Chatterje was supposed to be a wizened little man who looks like Sam Jaffe. This generates an error when the script isn't rewritten, because Chatterje describes himself here as an "undersized guru," but Jackie Vernon is anything but undersized.

    • The events aboard the Lusitania take place in 1915. However, when the Andrea Doria spots the lifeboat, a crewman says it would be "forty years old." That would make the year 1955, but the Andrea Doria sank in 1956.

    • The Andrea Doria had a black hull, but in the stock footage at the end, the ship shown has a white hull.

    • In the opening scene, the crew members (which the viewer later learns are on the Lusitania) are wearing caps labeled "White Star"--the Lusitania was owned by the Cunard Line.

    • It is explained how Marius' astral form can walk through walls. However, it's impossible for him to pick up a candelabra and take it through the wall with him as he does here.

    • When the moving pendulum blade drops toward Malloy's throat, it is much closer in the close-up shots than it is in the longer shots (where Leslie's Nielsen safety would be a concern).

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    Allusions (4)

    • Famous Writers The three students addressed by name in this episode are named after famous writers of outré fiction. Mr. Bloch: Robert Bloch (1917 - 1994), science fiction, horror and mystery writer, best known as the author of Psycho. He was mentored by H.P. Lovecraft. Mr Derleth August Derleth (1909 – 1971), author of science fiction, mystery and Gothic horror stories. He was a colleague of Lovecraft and became his literary executor and continuant after 1937. He founded Arkham House, a publishing company dedicated to keeping the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other authors of similar stories in print. Miss Heald: Lovecraft wrote some of his works under the pen name of Hazel Heald. Mr. Lovecraft: Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft (1890 – 1937), author of the Cthulhu Mythos stories which are the source material for this episode.

    • Pickman: In my mind's eye, Horatio. Referencing Shakespeare's play, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1, specifically, "As the mote is to trouble the mind's eye." The line is spoken by Horatio, to Marcellus and Bernardo, after the Ghost departs.

    • Nichols: We have fed our sea for a thousand years; And she calls us, still unfed, Though there's never a wave of all her waves, But marks our English dead. Referencing Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Song of the Dead", published in 1914 as part of Songs From Books.

    • Necronomicon: This is the title of the book Noel Evans (Bill Bixby) was hired to translate. It was the creation of H.P. Lovecraft and formed one of the centerpieces of his Cthulhu Mythos stories. "Written" by the "mad Arab" Abdul Alhazred, it is described as a "terrible and forbidden" volume. A number of Lovecraft's colleagues, proteges and successors, with his approval, borrowed from and expanded upon elements of his works, including the Necronomicon. Among these are August Derleth (manager of Lovecraft's literary estate), Robert Bloch (author of Psycho and Clark Ashton Smith, the author of the story from which this episode was adapted. The book also featured prominently in director Sam Raimi's Evil Dead series of films.

  • Fan Reviews (13)
  • After The Twilight Zone here comes Night Gallery

    By Queshin, Feb 16, 2012

  • Next to the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery is the second greatest show of all time!

    By tzfanatic93, Mar 21, 2010

  • Disappoing considering who made it

    By matprat, Sep 05, 2009

  • Night Gallery, Rod Serling's last huzza to the lost art of short horror fiction

    By jawsthecabbie, Jan 27, 2009

  • This series was Da Bomb!Like one of the best!

    By Nikkigirl1, Nov 15, 2008

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