Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Green Fingers/The Funeral/The Tune in Dan's Cafe 

Nasty land developer Mike Saunders is ready to destroy a widow with a green thumb to get her land. / Morton Silkline arranges a late funeral for an unusual client, Ludwig Asper. / A jukebox in a diner repeatedly plays the same sad song.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Morton Silkline (segment "The Funeral")
Michael J. Saunders (segment "Green Fingers")
Joe Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Ludwig Asper (segment "The Funeral")
Lydia Bowen (segment "Green Fingers")
Kelly Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Ernest (segment "Green Fingers")
Morrow (segment "The Funeral")
James Nusser ...
Dan (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Roy Gleason (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Harry Hickox ...
Sheriff (segment "Green Fingers")
Charles Macaulay ...
The Count (segment "The Funeral")
Jack Laird ...
Ygor (segment "The Funeral")
Brooke Mills ...
Red (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Doctor (segment "Green Fingers")


A ruthless tycoon takes extreme measures to try and force an old lady to sell her property, only to discover that the obstacle standing in his way is the woman's unusual talent for gardening. A funeral home director ends up having his hands full when a vampire makes plans for his own funeral. A couple stop at a roadside diner, where they encounter a jukebox that plays only one song: a tune connected to a tragic romance that took place at the diner years ago.

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5 January 1972 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The diner set that appears in "The Tune in Dan's Cafe" is the same one that was used in Night Gallery: Midnight Never Ends/Brenda (1971). See more »


In the "Green Fingers" segment, as the chauffeur opens the car door for Cameron Mitchell's character, crew are very clearly seen reflected. See more »


References The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »


(Untitled Song)
Written by Gerald Sanford, music by Hal Mooney
From the segment "The tune in Dan's Cafe"
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The Tune in Dan's Cafe finally answered the question of where that song I first heard on a vintage "American Top 40" radio show was on "Night Gallery"
9 June 2009 | by See all my reviews

After about 18 years of first hearing the tune "If You Leave Me Tonight, I'll Cry" by Jerry Wallace on a cassette tape of Casey Kasem's radio show, "American Top 40", from the week ending October 7, 1972, I finally watched the "Night Gallery" episode that Casey said the song originated from. The version of that song is different from the recorded version I heard so long ago in that Wallace truly sings by himself in the episode instead of with a chorus. Pernell Roberts and Susan Oliver are a tired married couple who stop at an abandoned bar with just the proprietor in attendance. When Roberts plays the jukebox, only one song is playing no matter what number is pressed. It's related to what happened to a young couple years ago when a murder took place. That's all I'll say except this was a most compelling episode that explored-via split-second cutting and some negative-inserted scenes-how explosively dangerous some couplings can be...

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