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Night Gallery

Season 1 Episode 10

Certain Shadows on the Wall

Aired Unknown Dec 30, 1970 on NBC
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Episode Summary

An ailing woman dies under the care of her sinister brother, but her accusing shadow remains indelibly cast on the parlor wall.

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  • A truly terrifying tale taken from the Night Gallery.

    Certain Shadows on the Wall is definitely one of the most terrifying stories fzrom Night Gallery. So an ailing woman is terribly neglected by her evil brother. After she passes away, her shadow lingers on the wall of his home and nothing can cover it.

    One of my all time favorite episodes, Certain Shadows on the Wall is, once again, Night Gallery at it's very best. It is truly a classic episode with a fantastic storyline and a fantastic ending. An episode sure to please a fan of great horror stories and all fans of the always magnificent Night Gallery.moreless
  • The doctor may get away with murder, but he can't escape his victim's shadow.

    Whilst it's a shame (and a surprise) that Agnes Moorehead has to get bumped off so soon, this is a deeply satisfying segment of this uneven series. The hermetically-sealed world of a highly dysfunctional, ever-shrinking family is conveyed most subtly and economically, and it seems perfectly apt that the sibling who finally comes out on top is the seemingly air-headed youngest one (Rachel Roberts), whom the murderous brother has treated with utter contempt. The image of the shadow on the wall is as effective as the central metaphor in Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart" (a story whose influence on this is obvious) - the dead find ways to speak, and find revenge.moreless
Louis Hayward

Louis Hayward

Stephen Brigham

Guest Star

Agnes Moorehead

Agnes Moorehead

Emma Brigham

Guest Star

Grayson Hall

Grayson Hall

Ann Brigham

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Host: The least permanent, the most fleeting of man's proof of existence, his shadow. It comes and goes with light, hours of the day, point of the sun, angle of the moon. It is a quickly daubed and imperfect outline of a certain object at a certain given moment. This painting is called: Certain Shadows on the Wall.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Shadows on the Wall" by Mary E. Wilkins-Freeman. The story was first published in Everybody's Magazine (July 1902).