In the pilot of the television series Night Gallery (1969), 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
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Did You Know?
Upon first meeting Steven Spielberg
, Joan Crawford
was less than impressed. She called Sid Sheinberg
, then head of Universal Television, and told him to replace Spielberg with a better director or she would quit the series. Sheinberg told her in no uncertain terms that the studio would back Spielberg over her, as she had not acted on television in years and was at the time the Chairman of Pepsi-Cola, and Universal was confident in Spielberg's abilities. She subsequently treated him with the utmost respect, and the two continued to correspond until her death. See more
At the beginning of the Joan Crawford segment, we're told that Miss Menlo lives on Fifth Avenue. But the opening shot is on Park Avenue, not Fifth. See more
Rod Serling - Host
[First segment narration
Good evening. And welcome to a private showing of three paintings displayed here for the first time. Each is a collector's item in its own way; not because of any special artistic quality, but because each captures on a canvas, suspends in time and space, a frozen moment of a nightmare. Our initial offering: a small gothic item of blacks and grays. A piece of the past known as the family crypt. This one we call simply "The Cemetery." Offered to you now, six feet of ...