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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an odd catch, but solid
3 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This episode of the Night Gallery has a tired and weathered fisherman(played brilliantly by Stuart Whitman)net quite a catch in his long and miserable fishing life, as he puts it, and must decide what to do with it. It's half woman, half fish(mermaid)and he's strangely fond of it and can't decide whether to keep it below deck, throw back to the sea, or put it on display for cash. All the while, he's turning a deaf ear to those who offer advice on what to do with his catch. What I enjoyed mostly was the dark and foggy atmosphere, probably a New England setting, especially the desolate Inn, where the beaten down fisherman go to forget their troubles for an hour or so. The captain decides to keep her for himself, as he decides that the mermaid communicates with him, but not by speaking. The mermaid's whimpers get a tad annoying after a while, but that's the only negative here. The odd conclusion has a drunken fortune teller basically reverse the creature's appearance, as we see normal legs and a nasty fish head. The captain dives in after his prized catch, and that leads to his death, for which he is remembered by the rest of the characters. Whitman played this character perfectly.

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