Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera? 

A boy's gift for prophecy pressures him when he forecasts disaster. / A babysitter fears that the baby is a monster. / Peter Lacland asks a doctor to amputate his possessed hand. / A comic twist on "Phantom of the Opera."


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Wellman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Herbie Bittman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Father (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
Betsy (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
Peter Lacland (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
Dr. Archibald Ravadon (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
Reed (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Ellen Weston ...
Dr. Peterson (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
William Hansen ...
Mr. Godwin (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Gene Tyburn ...
Floor Director (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Cameraman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Rosary Nix ...
Secretary (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
John Donald ...
Grip (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Joan Huntington ...
Susan Douglas (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")


Herbie is a very special boy. He has the ability to predict the near future. During the taping of a show where he advises the public of his predictions, he repeatedly insists he must go home. The studio heads talk him out of leaving, but Herbie remains uneasy. He tells his audience that tomorrow is going to be the beginning of a new and different world. Human beings are going to live as they were meant to live. Has he told the truth, or is he sparing mankind from the awful reality? Written by Christine Y Andrews

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15 September 1971 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Herbie Bittman was born in 1961. See more »


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

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The Boy Should Get a Hand
5 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes" finds young Clint Howard (that's right, Opie's little brother) playing little boy who has a gift. Once he becomes knowledgeable in a subject, he can see into the near future and predict what will happen. Soon he is exploited, having his own television show where over a hundred things he says comes true. One day he hesitates and asks to go home. If we all could have his compassion. A nice little episode with the usual network bad guys.

"The Hand of Borgus Weems" (Serling liked these odd names) features the handsome George Maharis as a man who has lost control of his right hand. It acts in such murderous ways that he asks it be amputated. Ray Milland, a surgeon, wants to call in a psychiatrist and Maharis insists he is sane. Finally, in desperation, he picks up a heavy statuette and crushes his hand, requiring it be taken off. Somehow the people he has chosen to assault have something in common and that is the gist of the story.

"Miss Lovecraft Sent Me" is not worth the two minutes it takes. A baby sitter, played by Sue Lyon (Lolita) chews gum and vapidly looks around a mansion, run be an obvious vampire. Unfortunately, nothing worthwhile happens. I know who H. P. Lovecraft was. What does the name have to do with anything.

"Phantom of What Opera" is equally lacking in anything fresh. We've seen this a hundred times. I guess the regular episodes just didn't fill up the whole hour.

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