Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 57

There Aren't Anymore MacBanes

Aired Unknown Feb 16, 1972 on NBC
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There Aren't Anymore MacBanes
A sorcery student invokes an ancient spirit to rid himself of a bothersome uncle, but discovers that black magic always has consequences.

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  • Atmospheric but a bit hokey

    A nicely atmospheric one, owing more than a little to the Jacques Tourneur page (especially Night of the Demon and Cat People). Unfortunately the writing/direction gets a bit gimmicky, with the intercut flashbacks and so forth. Joel Grey is pretty fun, sporting a scraggly hippie look (and not inconsistently, he seems to have been stoned throughout much of this one). The monster stuff looks pretty good for a TV show. Additionally, Luke Skywalker shows up briefly (as a messenger named Francis).moreless
  • This is one of the finest episodes of Night Gallery that ever was.

    There Aren't anymore MacBanes was definetly one of the scariest episodes of Night Gallery. Although I cannot remember exactly what it was completely about, I do remember that there was this witchy looking creature at the end and the guy and one of his friends got killed by it. There was also a cameo by a youung Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker).

    The witch creature scared the crap out of me, so to speak. I love the episodes of Night Gallery that have monsters in them, that is really what I look for in a horror TV show. I've seen this one twice, great episode.moreless
  • Invoking a malevolent spirit to get rid of someone is dangerous - it might not want to stop at just one victim.

    A watchable but fairly predictable segment, transplanted to America from the Scotland of the original story. Joel Grey was nearing forty when he made this, so casting him as a student, even one who's much older than his friends, is not too convincing. He doesn't manage to be effectively unsettling, as the character ought to be - he just seems rather a rather tiresome weirdo, and you wonder why his friends bother with him. For a few minutes, Howard Duff lends the episode a welcome cutting edge as the exasperated uncle, but once he's been murdered by the conjured demon, the episode goes downhill pretty fast.moreless
Darrell Larson

Darrell Larson

Elie Green

Guest Star

Barry Higgins

Barry Higgins

Mickey Standish

Guest Star

Mark Hamill

Mark Hamill

Messenger Boy

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • When Elie and Mickey find Uncle Arthur's body, the deceased is lying face down. Without turning him over, one of them says, "Look at his throat."

    • Segment credits list title as "There Aren't Anymore MacBanes," incorporating a grammatical error: "anymore" (any longer) versus "any more" (in any amount).

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Host: Our next painting tells the story of a young man who's major in school is philosophy, but whose extracurricular labors take him into the area of black magic. And for this, you don't get a degree, but the commencement ceremony is a gas. See for yourself as we offer you There Aren't Anymore MacBanes.

    • Elie: Andy, what is it? What did Jedediah create, what did you summon back?
      Andrew: All the jealousy the Earth has ever known since the creation of Man. Formed into the epitome of everything that is evil in that jealousy.

  • NOTES (1)


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