Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 16

The Phantom Farmhouse

Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1971 on NBC
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The Phantom Farmhouse
A psychiatrist finds himself falling for a mysterious woman whose last visitor was killed--so police conclude--by wild animals.

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  • David McCallum stars in a poorly-written tale of werewolves.

    McCallum, David Carradine and the other cast members phone in their performances in a silly werewolf tale with a "so what?" ending. I didn't see this episode when it first aired, but I really wish that I had. The writing is the weakest thing about this episode. If the bar was this low for television writing back then, I might well have tried to make it as a TV writer. As I've noted, the actors seem aware that the story that they're in is a poor one and don't try very hard. The direction is unremarkable. Night Gallery may have had its moments, but this episode isn't one of them.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Host: Good evening. We offer you an evening's sojourn among the wild, the woolly, the unbelievable, sometimes made believable. As our first painting suggests. From this painting, one wouldn't necessarily conjure up a story of love. But that's precisely what it tells about. An emotion as old as Man. But the object of the emotion, this is not quite as familiar. It's title, Phantom Farmhouse, offering number one in the Night Gallery.

  • NOTES (2)

    • This approximately 33-minute segment is ruthlessly cut down to fit into 30-minute syndication format with commercials. Much of the opening dialogue between the patients is cut, including references to Gideon's palms and the secret that he is hiding.

    • This episode is based on the short story "The Phantom Farmhouse" by Seabury Quinn. This story was first published in Weird Tales (October 1923).


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