Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Room with a View/The Little Black Bag/The Nature of the Enemy 

Jacob Bauman's nurse figures in his plan to end his wife's infidelity. / A medical bag from the future may improve the fortunes of two bums. / Aghast NASA mission control sees what caused the disappearance of their astronauts on the Moon.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jacob Bauman (segment "Room with a View")
Nurse Frances Nevins (segment "Room with a View")
Lila Bauman (segment "Room with a View")
Dr. William Fall (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Heppelwhite (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Gillings (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Simms (segment "The Nature of the Enemy")
Charles (segment "Room with a View")
Larry Watson ...
Vic (segment "Room with a View")
Charlie Peterson (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Ennis (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Eunice Suarez ...
Puerto Rican Mother (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Marion Val ...
Puerto Rican Girl (segment "The Little Black Bag")
Pawnbroker (segment "The Little Black Bag")
1st Doctor (segment "The Little Black Bag") (as Lindsay Workman)


When a former physician and his fellow alcoholic companion find a 21st century medical bag, miracles start to happen in the homeless shelter. While the doctor wants to bring his newfound knowledge to the world, his companion is only interested in selling the miraculous black bag. Written by laird-3

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the moon | astronaut | wino | bum | revenge | See All (49) »





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23 December 1970 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"The Little Black Bag" takes place on September 17, 2098 and in 1971. See more »


When Charles brings Mr Bauman his breakfast, he places the tray across his lap in bed while Bauman is looking out of the window with binoculars. The scene then cuts to what Bauman is watching but when it comes back to Bauman the tray is gone. We return to Bauman's POV. He then decides that he is finished looking and puts the binoculars down and the tray is back on his lap. See more »


Version of Tales of Tomorrow: The Little Black Bag (1952) See more »

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Mouse on the moon
19 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm not terribly surprised by the negative reviews regarding this short episode that Night Gallery is known for, but I thought there were some redeeming qualities, mainly some decent performances by actors Joseph Campanella, Albert Popwell(Dirty Harry), and Jason Wingreen(All in the Family)wasn't that bad either playing a wooden reporter. The first half contained some decent suspense, as a major problem occurs in space and no one knows what the culprit is; there's some interesting communication revolving around missing astronauts between a very wooden and bad acting Steve(astronaut), who's in space, and Simms(Campanella), who's in the control room. The suspicious media have gathered, and both Popwell and Wingreen get some acting credit time, as tension mounts regarding the missing crew; there is a cool scene with both the media and Simms watching as another member screams in space before the video fades, and we still don't know what's happening up there, and we get to see an object which looks like a giant mousetrap on the moon. A few moments later, a member of the ground crew yells into his monitor, as he obviously sees something; unfortunately, the culprit ends up being a giant mouse who's eating the astronauts. I'm all for the unexpected but this a bit of a letdown after the suspense, and if any reviewer on here says they were happy with the conclusion, they're lying though their teeth. If you must watch this short episode, then do so for Campanella's decent performance and a young Popwell before you see him in the Dirty Harry films.

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