The Supernatural (1977)

Season 1 Episode 7

Night of the Marionettes

Aired Unknown Jul 30, 1977 on BBC
out of 10
User Rating
3 votes

By Users

Episode Summary

Night of the Marionettes

At a remote hotel in Switzerland, a marionette show proves alarmingly lifelike - and frightening.

Who was the Episode MVP ?

No results found.
No results found.
No results found.
  • A British literary critic and his family visit the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, where, decades earlier, Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein. Events indicate that perhaps the famous story was not just a work of imagination...moreless

    This was a powerfully effective episode, filled with an atmosphere of dread and a kind of sickly nastiness - there is something very wrong with this seemingly conventional British family even before they start sensing that something genuinely awful happened in the villa, long ago. The arrival of some entertainers in the nearby village - they do a show every year, they have done for decades, they did one in 1816 when Mary Shelley was staying locally - unleashes horror. One of the giant-sized marionettes bears an unmistakeable resemblance to the popular image of Frankenstein's monster, and is alarmingly lifelike. The episode makes superb use of the creepy-voiced Polish actor Vladek Sheybal, whose large eyes and chilling smile made him a fine movie villain in From Russia With Love, The Wind And The Lion and other films; the British literary scholar is played by Gordon Jackson and his unhappy wife is Kathleen Byron, of Black Narcissus fame.moreless
Gordon Jackson

Gordon Jackson

Howard Lawrence

Guest Star

Kathleen Byron

Kathleen Byron

Mrs. Lawrence

Guest Star

Vladek Sheybal

Vladek Sheybal

Herr Hubert

Guest Star

André van Gyseghem

André van Gyseghem

Sir Francis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Sir Francis: What happened to your own family? How did mother and daughter survive that appalling ordeal?
      Howard Lawrence : As patients, Sir Francis, as patients.

    • Herr Hubert: Does it satisfy you, Mr. Lawrence, now that you seen our workshop of filthy creation? You will ask no more questions. And you will leave early tomorrow, of course. For now - sleep well...

  • NOTES (1)

    • Extras playing uncredited walk-ons in this episode were Robert Barker, John Cross, Colin Thomas, Leslie Weekes, Alan Troy, David Nicholl, Stephen Ismay, Tony Christopher, Katherine Landers, Katie Evans, Max Mundy, Alan Humphries, Barbara Anne Bowman, Eric French, Jean Price-Hughes, Brychan Powell, Jennie Piper, Charlie Gray, Nancy Adams, Stuart Myer, Willie Bowman and Lisa Bergmayr.