Night Gallery: Season 1, Episode 0

Night Gallery (8 Nov. 1969)

TV Episode  |  Unrated  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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In the pilot of the television series _"Night Gallery" (1970)_, Rod Serling introduces three separate paintings, each with its own story of uncanny vengeance against evil to tell. The first... See full summary »

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Miss Claudia Menlo
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Osmund Portifoy
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SS-Gruppenführer Helmut Arndt / Josef Strobe
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Jeremy Evans
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Dr. Frank Heatherton
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Sidney Resnick
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William Hendricks
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Bleum
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Gretchen
Barry Atwater ...
Carson
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1st Agent
Tom Basham ...
Gibbons
Byron Morrow ...
George J. Packer
Garry Goodrow ...
Louis
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1st Nurse
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In the pilot of the television series _"Night Gallery" (1970)_, Rod Serling introduces three separate paintings, each with its own story of uncanny vengeance against evil to tell. The first, "The Cemetery", involves a black sheep nephew (Roddy McDowall) who murders his rich uncle to inherit his fortune - both much to the detriment of the uncle's butler (Ossie Davis) - only to find that vengeance extends beyond the grave. In the second story, "Eyes", a rich, heartless woman (Joan Crawford) who has been blind from birth blackmails an aspiring surgeon and a man who desperately needs money to give her a pair of eyes which will allow her to see for the first time - even though for only half a day's time - only to have the plan backfire on her in ways she never imagined. In the third story, "The Escape Route", a Nazi war criminal (Richard Kiley) is hiding from the authorities in South America, where he is confronted with his past demons and a curious Holocaust survivor (Sam Jaffe) and finds... Written by Curly Q. Link

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Bette Davis was the original choice to play Claudia Menlo (the role played by Joan Crawford), but she declined. See more »

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In the opening segment, the proximity and arrangement of the trees and headstones of the family graveyard varies wildly between shots and points of view; particularly the direction in which the prominent "Hendricks" monument faces and where the small tree outside the window is. See more »

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The horror pulps viewed through Serling's prism
18 September 2003 | by (Eugene, Oregon) – See all my reviews

Serling performs a refining act on the "Tales from the Crypt"-brand of horror with this grim triptych. Each story is a little morality tale in the style of "The Twilight Zone," but instead of that series' sense of surreal wonder, the focus is now firmly on the macabre. The plotlines follow the model of the 1950s horror pulp comics, with characters spoiling for their comeuppance: a black-sheep nephew suffers a revenge beyond the grave after murdering his rich uncle; a ruthless blind woman blackmails a surgeon into performing a transplant using the eyes of a desperate bum; a war criminal finds what he thinks is respite from his pursuers when he is miraculously transported into a museum painting. The rest is pure Serling, though, with sharply drawn characters, stylish dialogue, and his characteristic final twist of irony. The execution is first rate, with a terrific cast, good production values (music, editing, photography), and inventive visuals from directors Boris ("The Omega Man") Sagal, Barry ("Across 110th Street") Shear, and Steven Spielberg (in his maiden effort).


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