Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Lindemann's Catch/A Feast of Blood/The Late Mr. Peddington 

A fisherman catches a mermaid and wishes for her to be human. / Sheila Grey's homely suitor Henry Mallory gives her a brooch that seems almost alive. / Impoverished Cora Peddington shops for a cheap funeral for her husband.


(short story "The Fur Brooch"), (teleplay) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Sheila Gray (segment "A Feast of Blood")
Thaddeus Conway (segment "The Late Mr. Peddington")
Capt. Hendrick Lindemann (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Dr. Mordecai Nichols (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Henry Mallory (segment "A Feast of Blood")
John Alderson ...
Granger (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Mrs. Gray (segment "A Feast of Blood")
John (segment "The Late Mr. Peddington")
Pat O'Hara ...
Frankie (segment "A Feast of Blood") (as Patrick O'Hara)
Abner Suggs (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Barry Bernard ...
Gippo (segment "A Feast of Blood")
Jim Boles ...
Bennett (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Ed Bakey ...
Ollie (segment "Lindemann's Catch")
Cara Burgess ...
Girl (segment "A Feast of Blood")


A captured mermaids awakens emotions in a heartless sea captain, who struggles to keep her alive. A business-like widow goes shopping for the cheapest funeral she can find for her deceased husband. An unlikely suitor gives a mysterious fur brooch to a woman who spurned his advances towards her.

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12 January 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Sondra Locke's TV debut. See more »

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A Fisherman's Nightmare and Some Bad Jewelry
13 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I was in seventh grade, I bought a book club collection of short stories. One of them was "Lindemann's Catch." I've never forgotten it, as ridiculous as it was. A lonely, angry, spiteful fisherman played by Stuart Whitman, catches a mermaid. She/it is under incredible stress. His fellow fishermen are insistent that he display her and make a fortune. Sadly, perhaps not sadly, he falls in love with the mermaid. He keeps her under wraps but because she is out of the sea, she starts to die. The doctor is of no use. Finally, a man who has been an adversary, but who is wise to magic potions, tells him he can turn the mermaid into a woman. This is a fun story and worth the effort.

"A Feast of Blood" involves a plain man, played by Normal Lloyd, who dates beautiful women, only to be rejected by them. He gives them one more opportunity to change their minds. They reject him. He gives each a gift. An ugly rat-like broach with a hideous look on its face. The women are vain and cruel as he is. They hone in on his ugliness (he's not that ugly, only middle aged) and their entitlement, due to their looks comes to the fore. A passing episode.

In "The Late Mr. Peddington," Harry Morgan, Colonel Potter from MASH, is an undertaker with a drinking problem. One day things get complicated when a well dressed, dignified woman comes in, requesting a funeral for her husband. She negotiates everything to be as cheap as possible, down to burying him cremated, in a basket. The man was supposedly frugal and would appreciate her penuriousness, or so she says. She has no money because his will has left her almost nothing for the first two years of her widowhood. Everything gets arranged and she is on her way, but Morgan delivers the kicker at the end. The byplay between the two principles. This is great fun.

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