Night Gallery

Season 1 Episode 12

Clean Kills and Other Trophies

Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1971 on NBC
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A fanatical big-game hunter forces his son to shoot a deer, inviting the vengeance of terrible gods.

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  • The Colonel is determined to make a man out of the son he perceives as a weakling - by making him a killer.

    The American obsession with hunting, and the equation of virility with the slaughter of (often defenceless) animals gets a good going-over in this brief, savage tale. Raymond Massey, nearing the end of his distinguished career, is impressively hateful as the Colonel, who fails to understand his son's intellectual interests and superciliously (and hypocritically) regards his African servant as little better than a savage; we know that the pride the Colonel takes in occasioning death will eventually rebound on him, and the last shot is, whilst predictable, only too apt. The colonel's son is played by Barry Brown, a young actor who was himself obsessed by firearms - and who eventually shot himself.moreless

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Host: Our second painting this evening has to do with the stalker and a victim, The hunter and the hunted, that rare breed of homo sapien whose love of butchery is not a sport but a consuming passion. Offered to you now, Clean Kills and Other Trophies.

    • Colonel Archie Dittman: It is incomprehensible to me that I have managed to sire a mewling, sniveling, self-indulgent milksop who is unable to grasp the most elementary fact of life. The whole world is a bloody hunting jungle. You stalk with the hunter, or you run with the quarry. You have no other choice. The beast have no choice. Only Man. That is why he is superior.

    • Tom: (Colonel Dittman) has a strange god, Mr. Pierce. He worships death and then he nails it to the wall.

  • NOTES (1)

    • The episode as aired differs considerably from Rod Serling's original work. As published in the paperback anthology, Night Gallery, there are no supernatural elements as shown here. Instead, Archie Jr. has a much more predominant role. Rather than a passive observer, Archie Jr. goes insane at the end, shoots his father down following his advice on how to make a clean kill, decapitates the colonel, and pins the head to the trophy room wall. There is no character named Tom and no invocation of African gods. Lawyer Pierce also accompanies the colonel and his son on the hunt.