Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 3

The Hand of Borgus Weems

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Aired Unknown Sep 15, 1971 on NBC
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The Hand of Borgus Weems
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A desperate man seeks out the help of a surgeon when he discovers an invading presence has control of his right hand.

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  • A man finds his right hand is possessed by an evil spirit, guiding him to murder.

    7.5
    This variant on "The Hands Of Orlac" derives from a short story by Georges Langelaan, the original author of "The Fly". It's a fairly predictable tale, quite nicely done, but without any very memorable aspects. The plot moves pretty much as you expect it to, right down to the ending, when a previously sceptical character finds that his own hand is now possessed, and that the evil spirit of the murderous (if not diabolic) Borgus Weems is still very much active in the world. Ray Milland is able to lend his cliche role a certain gravitas, and Patricia Donahue gives a negligible minor role more class than it may have had on the page.moreless
Joan Huntington

Joan Huntington

Susan Douglas

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Patricia Donahue

Patricia Donahue

Dr. Innokenti

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Peter Mamakos

Peter Mamakos

Nico Kazanzakis

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    • Host: The concept of medical transplants is exciting indeed, but the story behind this painting takes the concept a step further. Or if you will, a step over, into a different kind of world. One in which a gentleman named Lachlan finds a hand that is not his own, and he finds it at the end of his wrist. Our painting, The Hand of Borgus Weems.

    • Nico: "Exoriare aliques nostris ex ossibus ultor"... that's Virgil! "Arise, my avenger, out of my bones." That's what you're prescribing for Mr. Lacland? A dose of Virgil?

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    • In the syndicated standalone version aired, an extra scene is added at the end of a set of disembodied hands crawling along a red carpet.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Other Hand" by George Langelaan. The story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (October 1961).

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