Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 46

Lindemann's Catch

Aired Unknown Jan 12, 1972 on NBC
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Lindemann's Catch
A captured mermaid awakens emotions in a cold-hearted sea captain, who desperately seeks a way to keep her alive.

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  • Can Captain Lindemann save the mermaid he has caught in his fishing nets?

    Clearly inspired by Rene Magritte's surrealist painting, this episode tells a rather poetic story with a straight face; its later stages are, however, not without a comic side. Made up to resemble Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab, Stuart Whitman plays the penurious, hard-hearted sea captain whose fishing-boat lands an unexpected catch. The beautiful girl with a fish's tail instead of legs pines for the sea, and her yearning arouses a long-dormant protective instinct in the captain. But he errs by putting his faith in the "magic potion" of a small-time fortune-teller and his mermaid returns to the sea which sustains her only after a grotesque transformation. A curious tale, with sets designed by Joseph R. Alves, who did similar work a few years later on "Jaws".moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Suggs, who lives in a fishing town, incorrectly identifies a bell as one hour. He says that if Lindemann administers the potion, it will take effect at seven bells, and then says it will be five hours. A nautical bell is a half hour, and eight of them make up a four-hour watch.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Host: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. We offer up, hopefully salutary, possible educative, but certainly a few terrifying little items in this, the mausoleum of the malignant. An art hour full of bogies, elves, pixies, bad fairies, and a few demoniac inhabitants, all put together for your titillation in what we call... the Night Gallery. Painting number one, having to do with fishermen and what they fish for. Or more specifically in this case, a fisherman and what he wasn't fishing for. What appeared in his net one afternoon defies, logic, reason, and belief. But there it was. Lindemann's Catch.

    • Captain Lindemann: Mr. Suggs, I have to live with the fog because it's Hell's blanket and it creeps up through the earth to bedevil seamen like me. There's nothing I can do about that. And I I have to seal that leaky rat-catcher of mine because there's not a damn thing on Heaven or Earth that can change that. And I'll go out every freezing morning and come back every wind-screaming night with just enough in my net to keep me alive. Now all of that is my miserable lot, Mr. Suggs, and will be until God turns my sail into a shroud and throws me back into the sea. But what I don't have to do is come in here night after night and look at that wormy little face of yours, and listen to all this bile of potions, palms, and tea leaves!

    • Dr. Nichols: Human? Three nights ago you said she was a finned and scaled nightmare, a monster. I'll tell you something, Captain, she's a little of both. But I'll tell you what she isn't: she's not a companion to man - any man. Give her back to the sea.

  • NOTES (0)


    • 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.

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