Night Gallery

Season 3 Episode 14


Aired Unknown May 13, 1973 on NBC
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A young wife in a remote country house finds herself in thrall to strange and insistent voices of the dead.

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  • A young couple travels across the country when spirits take hold of the wife's mind and body.

    I just finished watching this excellent episode and I was very moved by it. I watched the entire first season dvd collection and frankly was not very impressed with the exception of 2 shows-the classic "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar" and this.

    I am flabbergasted that someone could give this a Poor rating. It is very well acted by the two leads, especially Sally Fields, who gives a superb nuanced performance shifting through different personalities (as she would do again as Sybil). And I really like the fact that they speak directly to the ghosts by looking into the camera, therefore putting us the audience in the place of the spirits. Perhaps some do not get this, thinking that they are explaining things to us, breaking the fourth wall, but if you listen you can hear that they are talking to those trying to get ahold of Sally's body. ***SPOILER ALERT****

    And the part where you learn that the whole thing is about burying the dead baby is handled very well and is very moving and that Sally may not be coming back- puts the whole thing on a level far above the usual one joke twist ending that plagued this series.moreless
  • A great, memorable episode in the series!

    This is a superb entry in the "Night Gallery" TV show. Starring Sally Field and Dean Stockwell, it is a literary feast for the eyes (for those of you who read). But for those who don't, this episode is fabulous. Wonderfully acted, weird and unexpected, it is right behind "Silent Snow, Secret

    Snow," another classic. This episode has a dreamy, creepy air amd you can't immediately predict where it is going. When Dean Stockwell addresses the camera to answer a question audience members may be asking, his answer is wholly unexpected- and thrilling! As a writer myself, I'd be quite wholly pleased with this adaptation.moreless

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    • Rod Serling: We're most pleased you've seen fit to visit us here. As usual we're doing business at the old stand, or on the same wires, if you will. Because our stock in trade is paintings, all sorts of paintings. Charming little still lifes and, on a few occasions, a few still deaths. Now check this one if you will. Strips of ethereal night clouds as seen from a vantage point of a square acreage of tombstones, and face of neutral onlooker who surveys the silence. Well, perhaps not quite total silence because the name of our painting is Whisper, and it tells the story of one body inhabited by two people. And at a point, as you can well imagine, this gets crowded. And if this one doesn't ice up the old spine, we'll send you one of our official apologies, along with the body. That's the kind of guarantee you'll get in the Night Gallery.

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