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Original Air Date:
8 November 1969 (Season 1, Episode 0)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Miss Claudia Menlo

Ossie Davis ... Osmund Portifoy

Richard Kiley ... SS-Gruppenführer Helmut Arndt / Josef Strobe

Roddy McDowall ... Jeremy Evans

Barry Sullivan ... Dr. Frank Heatherton

Tom Bosley ... Sidney Resnick

George Macready ... William Hendricks

Sam Jaffe ... Bleum

Norma Crane ... Gretchen
Barry Atwater ... Carson

George Murdock ... 1st Agent
Tom Basham ... Gibbons
Byron Morrow ... George J. Packer
Garry Goodrow ... Louis

Shannon Farnon ... 1st Nurse

Richard Hale ... Doctor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rod Serling ... Himself - Host

Bruce Kirby ... Artist (uncredited)
Robie Lester ... Singer in Fishing Painting (voice) (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Boris Sagal (segment "The Cemetery")
Barry Shear (segment "Escape Route")
Steven Spielberg (segment "Eyes")
Writing credits
Rod Serling (written by)

Produced by
John Badham .... associate producer
William Sackheim .... producer
Original Music by
Billy Goldenberg  (as William Goldenberg)
Cinematography by
Richard Batcheller (director of photography)
William Margulies (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Edward M. Abroms 
Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr.  (as John McCarthy)
Perry Murdock 
Joseph J. Stone  (as Joseph Stone)
Costume Design by
Burton Miller 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director
Marty Hornstein .... assistant director
Art Department
Jaroslav Gebr .... painter: paintings
Sound Department
Elbert W. Franklin .... sound
James T. Porter .... sound
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Robert Brower .... color coordinator
Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

98 min
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Did You Know?

Bette Davis was the original choice to play Claudia Menlo (the role played by Joan Crawford), but she declined.See more »
Continuity: In "Escape Route" the rate at which Richard Kiley's faucet drips varies between shots.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Making of '1941' (1996) (V)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Take a stroll through the NIGHT GALLERY, 20 June 2002
Author: virek213 from San Gabriel, Ca., USA

First shown on NBC-TV in November 1969, NIGHT GALLERY, the pilot to the 1970-73 TV anthology show of the same name, was the last major work of Rod Serling, creator of what may still rank as the best TV series ever, "The Twilight Zone." Although, when the series started, Serling wasn't given the kind of creative control he felt he needed to make the series work (and not surprisingly, it was mercilessly compared to "The Twilight Zone"), on this pilot film, he was firmly in control. Adapting three stories from his 1967 collection "The Season To Be Wary", Serling came up with a thoroughly engaging anthology film that combined morality, melodrama, suspense, and the supernatural into a stunning brew not seen on television before.

Segment 1, "The Cemetery", directed by Boris Sagal, features Roddy McDowall as an unscrupulous nephew who causes the death of his uncle by exposing him to a cold wind in order to grab his hands on the old man's fortune. But as he soon learns, one of the paintings his uncle created in his last days--that of the family cemetery--keeps changing on him every time he looks at it. And soon, it seems to show his uncle coming back from the grave.

Segment 2, "Eyes", stars Joan Crawford as a ruthless, imperious blind woman who blackmails a prominent surgeon (Barry Sullivan) into giving her an ocular transplant so that she may enjoy roughly twelve hours of sight before going blind again. The operation, done with the help of an eye donation from a petty gambler, turns out to be a success--until a blackout causes Crawford to think otherwise. This episode is noted as the professional maiden directing effort for Steven Spielberg.

Segment 3, "Escape", directed by Barry Shear, stars Richard Kiley as a Nazi fugitive hiding out in Buenos Aires who becomes captivated by a painting of a fisherman in the local art museum. He dreams of becoming that fisherman and escaping from hiding, but a chance encounter with a Holocaust survivor (Sam Jaffe) will deny him that in a chilling conclusion.

Although Serling's moralizing sometimes gets a bit on the heavy-handed side, NIGHT GALLERY is still superbly conceived, with the case giving excellent and often chilling performances. The first segment is appropriately spooky; the second ingenious and unconventional (for TV); and the third, even though it is the weakest, a worthy capper on this film. Spielberg, of course, got the glory for his segment, but Sagal's and Shear's segments are nothing to sneeze at either. All in all, NIGHT GALLERY comes highly recommended.

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