Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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A Fear of Spiders/Junior/Marmalade Wine/The Academy 

Misanthropic Justus Walters is tormented by a spider. / A man brings some water to his unusual son. / Braggart Roger Blacker waits out a storm with a mysterious surgeon. / Jeff Holston checks out a military academy for his wayward son.

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(teleplay), (short story "The Spider") (as Elizabeth Walter) | 5 more credits »
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Father (segment "Junior")
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Roger Blacker (segment "Marmalade Wine")
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Director (segment "The Academy")
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Holston (segment "The Academy")
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Mr. Boucher (segment "A Fear of Spiders")
Barbara Flicker ...
Mother (segment "Junior")
Bill Svanoe ...
Junior (segment "Junior")
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Sloane (segment "The Academy")
Ed Call ...
Drill Instructor (segment "The Academy")
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Bradley (segment "The Academy")
Robert Gibbons ...
Gatekeeper Simmons (segment "The Academy")
E.A. Sirianni ...
George, Holston's Chauffeur (segment "The Academy")
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Arachnophobic gourmet critic Justus Walters has no use for the clingy librarian who lives upstairs, until he discovers a tenacious spider in his kitchen sink and needs help to get rid of it/ A man is awoken during the night by the cries of his son, who wants a glass of water--but the son is somewhat different from other children/ A man who is lost in the woods is invited to the home of a quack doctor/ A wealthy businessman is having trouble with his son, a delinquent who's constantly in trouble. He hears of a private school that specializes in "problem" children, and pays it a visit to determine if it's the kind of place that will straighten out his son. Written by page8701

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6 October 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Steven Spielberg was supposed to direct "A Fear of Spiders," but at the last minute he backed out and was replaced by John Astin. See more »

Goofs

Boom mic is visible as Justus and Elizabeth first go down the stairs together. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: City of the Living Dead (2017) See more »

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Great episode from a classic show.
21 February 2009 | by See all my reviews

I remember this show from when I was a child. At the time, all I remembered was being scared to death. :) As an adult, I'm more impressed with the great storytelling and artful direction. I once had arachnophobia and therefore this episode stuck out in my mind from childhood. But even when I saw it back then, I had an appreciation for the relationship dynamics between the female and male lead. And that's really the magic of Night Gallery - being able to scare you but still having a solid story to do it with. I wish that today's TV shows and movies would take a hint from Night Gallery. It's OK to have CGI (which wasn't available back when Night Gallery was done) but don't get so caught up in it that the story suffers (or is nonexistent). Thank goodness for hulu.com. Maybe some television executive will revive this series at some time in the future or at least learn from its craftsmanship. You can't beat a good story.


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