Night Gallery: Season 1, Episode 5

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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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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13 January 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 opening scene on the ship (which we later learn is the LUSITANIA), the bridge crewmen are wearing the old-style flat caps labeled "White Star Line". It was the ill-fated TITANIC which was owned by the White Star Line; LUSITANIA was owned by the Cunard Steamship Line. See more »

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Survivor is the victim
14 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This fine segment of the Night Gallery gives us a terrific performance by John Colicos, whom I never heard of, as a survivor of the Titanic, which just happened to have sunk 3 years prior. He's rescued by the Lusitania, whose crew is stunned that he's survived those years on a floating raft, even though the captain thinks he's making up the story and is a spy; soon after, there's some rather interesting dialog between the survivor and the ship's doctor, who knows the man's story can't be correct, or can it? The man explains that he dressed in woman's clothing to escape the doomed ship, and since he acted selfishly, he's now cursed to be rescued by doomed ships, including the Lusitania, which he informs the doctor will hit by a torpedo shortly. The doctor tells this tale to the suspicious captain, and also tells him that the man believes that the crew is nothing but phantoms. The next moment may be the best of this episode and it is when the captain turns around to answer the doctor, no one is there as the captain is all alone; he tries ringing the phone for the crew, but the place is empty. The next scene has the survivor all by himself looking out into the sea screaming that a torpedo is about to strike the cursed ship that he's currently aboard, but then it's too late as the ship explodes, and in Night Gallery fashion, the screen simply turns red. The final moments has another crew seeing a floating raft in the ocean, and even though the raft reads Lusitania, once again the crew is confused, as the very last shot has a crew member looking into the camera with a hat that has Andrea Doria written on the front, which was another doomed ship. As I said earlier, the performance of Colicos as the survivor is the best aspect of this episode and I would recommend to any fan of Night Gallery, and it's easily one of the best parts of that particular season, which doesn't have that many strong episodes.

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