Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast 

Fleeing thief Doran hides in the funeral home of odd Mr Soames. / A wife uses bricks and mortar to help her ill husband. / A college professor administers a chilling oral exam with a dystopian twist. / Witches prepare a vile dish.

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Doran (segment "Death in the Family")
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Wife (segment "The Merciful")
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Husband (segment "The Merciful")
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Professor (segment "Class of '99")
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Johnson (segment "Class of '99") (as Brandon de Wilde)
Noam Pitlik ...
Driver (segment "Death in the Family")
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State Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as James B. Sikking)
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2nd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as John Williams Evans)
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3rd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as Bill Elliott)
Bud Walls ...
Grave Digger (segment "Death in the Family")
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Elkins (segment "Class of '99")
Frank Hotchkiss ...
Clinton (segment "Class of '99")
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Barnes (segment "Class of '99")
Suzanne Cohane ...
Joanne Fields (segment "Class of '99")
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An injured criminal takes refuge in a funeral home, where he is greeted by a kind undertaker with a strange secret. An old woman uses bricks and mortar to end her husband's suffering. A graduating class of the future takes their final exam that reveals more than just the knowledge of the students. An employment agency official finds herself having a hard time meeting the needs of an extremely picky customer.

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22 September 1971 (USA)  »

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The title on-screen is "Death in the Family" but host Rod Serling, who introduces it, calls it "A Death in the Family." See more »

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When we first see Jared Soames (E.G. Marshall) at the police checkpoint, both headlights of his car are operating. In the next shot, at the same checkpoint, one bulb has gone out. See more »

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Death & Androids
11 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

'A Death In The Family' - A fugitive young man with a bullet wound finds sanctuary in a funeral parlor run by a lonely man who takes his job to heart... Small but effective tale is more sad than creepy.

'The Merciful' - One spouse walls up the other, but who is sealing up who? Mildly amusing short is all about the (visual) punch line.

'Class Of '99' - Vincent Price shines as a no-nonsense teacher in a "future" academy dealing with androids where not everything is as it seems... Best tale of the four hits a dramatic knockout.

'Witches' Feast' - Thought-lost tale should have stayed lost, as it's a perfectly dreadful example of all set-up with no payoff.


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