Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 52

Last Rites for a Dead Druid

Aired Unknown Jan 26, 1972 on NBC
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Last Rites for a Dead Druid
When a woman buys a statue bearing an uncanny resemblance to her husband, he soon feels the influence of its model: an ancient druid sorcerer.

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  • A pretty woman goes into a small furniture shop and buys a very unusual statue that she falls in love with. After bringing it home and putting it on the lawn, in the backyard, her husband notices the statue is moving towards him.moreless

    As a kid I wathced many Night Gallery episodes and this is one of the episodes that really scared me. Just a few months ago I viewed it again and was equally disturbed. This is quite scary, to say the least. There is just something about an ugly statue coming alive that bothers many people including myself. The cast is good with Bill Bixby as the husband and the two pretty women in the episode, which are Carol Lyndly (I know, I butchered the spelling of her name), known from the Poseidon Adventure 1970's movie, and the absolutely beautiful other woman, Donna Douglas, from The Beverly Hillbillies as the HOT Elly Mae Clampett. After seeing the two women, you will definately have the hots for Donna Douglas, as the husband eventally exhibits at the end of the episode. The actual movement of the statue is quite scary and the ending has some good shock value. A good episode.moreless

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Host: To those amongst you with a predilection toward antique collection or the occasional bargain hunting that takes place in out-of-the-way nooks and stalls, this painting suggests a certain required wariness when it comes to your shopping. Because there are moments when, behind some dusty book or in a cobwebbed corner of an ancient vestibule, you'll uncover a little objet d'art which can horrify the heck out of you. Such being the case in this painting, when a lady goes junking about and uncovers a mythological statue that has lived past its time and intrudes on hers. We call the painting The Last Rites for a Dead Druid.

    • Bruce Tarraday: It seems he practiced sorcery, and the religious ceremonies of his particular order were purely satanic. The worshipers followed their leader's habit of debauchery and rapine - as well as sacrifices both animal and human - on equinox hill celebrations. He maintained his primacy among his order of fellow murderers and immoralists by the power of turning any would-be attackers into stone.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based loosely on the short story "Out of the Eons" by Hazel Heald. Its variances from the source were so extreme, it was ultimately deemed an original teleplay.


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