Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 1

The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera? (15 Sep. 1971)

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A boy's gift for prophesy pressures him when he forecasts disaster. / A babysitter is alarmed at her clients' behavior. / Peter Lacland asks his doctor to amputate a problematic hand. / A comic twist on "Phantom of the Opera."

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(as John M. Badham) , (as Gene Kearney) , 1 more credit »

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(teleplay), (short story), 4 more credits »
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Wellman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
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Herbie Bittman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Joseph Campanella ...
Father (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
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Betsy (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
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Peter Lacland (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
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Dr. Archibald Ravadon (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
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The Phantom (segment "Phantom of What Opera?")
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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")
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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")
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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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Unexpectedly disturbing
23 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

I was never all that impressed by Night Gallery, but this one episode stands out.

A TV network executive auditions an odd act - a young, nerdy boy who proceeds to make prognostications. The exec dismisses the whole thing as a flaky waste of time until both predictions come true the next morning.

What first seemed a parlor act becomes a hit show as the kid's predictions prove consistently accurate.

Then, one day, he refuses to do the show. Facing imminent showtime, everyone's at wit's end, even threatening him with legal action if he doesn't fulfill his contract and make his daily predictions.

The young boy relents, and foretells a seemingly utopian tomorrow.

After the show, the befuddled executive asks for an explanation, only to learn why the complete truth is too terrifying to reveal.


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