Night Gallery: Season 1, Episode 5

Pamela's Voice/Lone Survivor/The Doll (13 Jan. 1971)

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Jonathan kills his wife Pamela to silence her shrill voice, then argues with her at her funeral./A ship saves a man in a lifeboat labeled "Titanic" years after the liner sank./ British Army Colonel Masters fights his niece's evil doll.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Pamela (segment "Pamela's Voice")
Jonathan (segment "Pamela's Voice")
Survivor (segment "Lone Survivor")
Torin Thatcher ...
Captain of the Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
Hedley Mattingly ...
Doctor on the Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
Miss Danton (segment "The Doll")
Colonel Hymber Masters (segment "The Doll")
Pandit Chola (segment "The Doll")
Charles Davis ...
Officer of Watch - Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
Brendan Dillon ...
Quartermaster - Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
William Beckley ...
Richards - Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
Terence Pushman ...
Helmsman - Lusitania (segment "Lone Survivor")
Edward Colmans ...
Captain - Andrea Dorea (segment "Lone Survivor")
Pierre Jalbert ...
Officer of Watch - Andrea Dorea (segment "Lone Survivor")
Carl Milletaire ...
Quartermaster - Andrea Dorea (segment "Lone Survivor")


A man kills his annoying wife to be rid of her voice, only to find the situation to be less permanent than he hoped for. A luxury liner picks up an unconscious man in a lifeboat labeled "Titanic" - three years after the ship sank. A British colonel in Victorian era England finds himself being stalked by a hideous looking doll that has been sent as an agent of revenge.

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The survivor gives a detailed account of the sinking of the Titanic in which he describes the ship sinking by the bow. Although this account matches what was believed to be how the Titanic sank when first telecast in 1971, it is now known that the Titanic split in half and sank in two separate pieces. See more »


In the credits, Andrea Doria is misspelled as "Andrea Dorea". See more »

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4 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Pamela's Voice" tells the story of a man, played by John Astin, whose wife has made his life a living hell. She never stops talking and nagging. She is played by Phyllis Diller who had that squawky, raspy voice. He has pushed her down some stairs and broken her neck and feels he is now free, until he finds himself at the funeral. She is apparently a ghost and is determined to continue to talk and drive him to distraction. He thinks that once she is buried, that will be the end of it, but there is some irony in nearly every episode and things aren't that easy.

'Lone Survivor" involves a ship seeing what they think is a woman in a lifeboat, floating in the water. The boat has the logo "Titanic" on it. It is 1915 and the Titanic sank in 1912. When the figure is brought on board, it is a man, dressed as a woman. He eventually claims to have taken a lifeboat, using the cowardly act of dressing as a woman to do so. But it has been three years. In a typical Rod Serling twist, we soon realize he is on the Lusitania and he knows a torpedo is going to be hitting it and sinking it. He realizes that he may be a "Flying Dutchman" doomed to roam the seas. I won't spoil the ending, but I'd be surprised if you haven't figured it out already.

"The Doll" involves a British man, who has served in India, played by John Williams, who supposedly has sent a doll to his ward. She is a plain young woman who has had a decent life but one without frills. The doll is hideous. It has dark, sunken eyes and a maniacal grin. She can't, however, let go of it. It seems to have a hold on her. The weird thing is that the old soldier says he never sent the doll. At some expense, he buys her a beautiful doll to replace the other, but that doll is demolished, broken to pieces. The conclusion is quite complex and very interesting. It's a really good horror story.

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