Season 1 Episode 16

The Hungry Glass

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 03, 1961 on NBC

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  • A couple buys a house where all the mirrors are removed. The locals say the mirrors and house are haunted. They love the house, and think it is just silly superstition. Yet, things keep getting stranger and stranger.

    This was a really good episode, and it included three big stars who would go on to fame and fortune: William Shatner, Donna Douglas, and Russell Johnson. In other words, Captain Kirk from the original Star Trek, Ellie Mae Clampett from The Beverly Hillbillies, and The Professor from Gilligan's Isle. Boris Karloff does the intro, as he does on every show. The theme and background music was really great. It said on the credits Music by Pete Rugalo and Sound was by Clarence E. Self. It sounds like they stole the music for the Criminal Minds theme. Really, a note for note rip off. Or maybe they just bought the rights to it? They used a lot of phase shifting effects with the sound to make the wind and ocean sounds more scarey and ominous. Clarence E. Self did a great job. Also, the cinematography was great. These old black and white TV shows were shot on film, and it looks great. The shot where we first see the room of mirrors is a masterpiece. The writing is pretty clever, too, with lots of clever word play. Russell Johnson, The Professor, plays the Real Estate Agent, which is interesting to me as a Real Estate Agent. The media hadn't yet began the assault on Real Estate Agents, and they were regarded above Lawyers and Used Car Salesmen. He actually had some ethics, and would have let them cancel the deal if they felt that the place was haunted. Shatner Pants is a really cheesey actor, and it is fun to watch him. He hadn't yet perfected his patented cadence, with the long. long. Pauses placed seemingly at random for emphasis. It is fun to see the early Shatner in action.