Night Gallery

Season 1 Episode 12

Clean Kills and Other Trophies

Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1971 on NBC

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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.