Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 22

The Diary

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1971 on NBC
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The Diary
A vicious gossip columnist receives a gift diary that appears to write its own fearful entries--before the events occur.

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  • A nasty TV personality finds that her diary entries record, not the past, but the future.

    This rather ingenious story is done concisely and with just the right amount of understatement. It's unsettling rather than in-your-face shocking, and better for it. Patty Duke, as the obnoxious TV presenter, is just right - she may well remind viewers of several real TV figures! It's also good to see Virginia Mayo, still glamorous at 50, in the brief but very effective role of an actress who, facing ruin because of the TV star's nastiness, gives her the diary as a last gesture before committing suicide. It's a pity Ms. Mayo's not on screen longer, but she makes the most of it.moreless
David Wayne

David Wayne

Dr. Mill

Guest Star

Virginia Mayo

Virginia Mayo

Carrie Crane

Guest Star

Patty Duke

Patty Duke

Holly Schaefer

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Host: Good evening. A most cordial welcome from a display of canvases you might call the mausoleum school of art. Subject, a common enough item utilized by teenagers and tycoons, the daily journal in which we notate the happenings of our day to day existence. But in this instance a unique periodical that doesn't record what was, but rather predicts what will be. It's title, The Diary, it's our initial offering in the Night Gallery.

  • NOTES (1)

    • When this story segment was remastered by Universal Studios in 1990, one of the music cues was omitted. Until it is remastered again and this oversight corrected, "The Diary" will continue to run on television in this incomplete form.


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