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"Night Gallery" Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast (1971)

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Rod Serling (teleplay) (segment)
Miriam Allen DeFord (story) (segment "Death in the Family")
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Original Air Date:
22 September 1971 (Season 2, Episode 2)
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

E.G. Marshall ... Jared Soames (segment "Death in the Family")

Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Doran (segment "Death in the Family")

Imogene Coca ... Wife (segment "The Merciful")

King Donovan ... Husband (segment "The Merciful")

Vincent Price ... Professor (segment "Class of '99")

Brandon De Wilde ... Johnson (segment "Class of '99") (as Brandon de Wilde)
Noam Pitlik ... Driver (segment "Death in the Family")

James Sikking ... State Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as James B. Sikking)

John Evans ... 2nd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as John Williams Evans)

William Elliott ... 3rd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as Bill Elliott)
Bud Walls ... Grave Digger (segment "Death in the Family")

Randolph Mantooth ... Elkins (segment "Class of '99")
Frank Hotchkiss ... Clinton (segment "Class of '99")

Hilly Hicks ... Barnes (segment "Class of '99")
Suzanne Cohane ... Joanne Fields (segment "Class of '99")
Barbara Shannon ... Miss Peterson (segment "Class of '99")

Richard Doyle ... Bruce (segment "Class of '99")
Hunter von Leer ... Templeton (segment "Class of '99")
John Davey ... McWhirter (segment "Class of '99")
Lenore Kasdorf ... Miss Wheeton (segment "Class of '99")
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ruth Buzzi ... Hungry Witch (segment "Witches' Feast")

Allison McKay ... Fourth Witch (segment "Witches' Feast")

Agnes Moorehead ... Head Witch (segment "Witches' Feast")

Fran Ryan ... Third Witch (segment "Witches' Feast")

Rod Serling ... Himself - Host

James Daughton ... Student (uncredited)

William H. O'Brien ... Simon Cottner (Segment "A Death in the Family) (uncredited)

Soon-Tek Oh ... Chang (uncredited)
John Rayner ... Observer (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Jerrold Freedman 
Jeannot Szwarc (segment "Death in the Family") (segment "The Merciful") (segment "Class of '99)
Writing credits
Rod Serling (teleplay) (segment "Death in the Family")

Miriam Allen DeFord (story) (segment "Death in the Family")

Jack Laird (teleplay) (segment "The Merciful")

Charles L. Sweeney Jr. (story) (segment "The Merciful")

Rod Serling (segment "Class of '99)

Gene R. Kearney  segment "Witches Feast"

Produced by
Jack Laird .... producer
Cinematography by
Lionel Lindon (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Larry Lester 
David Rawlins 
Stanford Tischler 
Art Direction by
Joe Alves  (as Joseph Alves Jr.)
Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi 
John M. Dwyer 
Charles S. Thompson 
Production Management
Burt Astor .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... assistant director (as Les Berke)
Ralph Sariego .... assistant director
Steve Siporin .... second assistant director
Art Department
Phil Bandierle .... gallery sculptures
Logan Elston .... gallery sculptures
Thomas J. Wright .... gallery paintings (as Tom Wright)
Sound Department
James R. Alexander .... sound
Roger A. Parish .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Jobe .... costumes
Editorial Department
Richard Belding .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Gil Melle .... composer: theme music (as Gil Mellé)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer: main titles
Anthony Redman .... assistant to producer
Gerald Sanford .... executive story consultant

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Rod Serling  teleplay (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")

Produced by
John Badham .... associate producer (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
William Sackheim .... producer (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
Art Direction by
Howard E. Johnson (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
Production Management
Ben Bishop .... unit manager (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ralph Ferrin .... assistant director (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
Marty Hornstein .... assistant director (episode "Cemetery, The") (episode "Escape Route") (episode "Eyes")
Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Originally, "Witches' Feast" was the final segment, which aired September 22, 1971. In a repeat broadcast, the segment was replaced by "Night Gallery: Satisfaction Guaranteed (#2.23)" (1972), which aired March 22, 1972. In addition, the Season 2 DVD release of "Night Gallery" has the repeat broadcast of the episode, not the original.See more »
Continuity: 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
Author: AaronCapenBanner from North America

'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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