Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Dead Man/The Housekeeper 

Dr. Redford's patient John Fearing can mimic any disease's symptoms, and is having an affair with Mrs. Redford. / Cedric Acton, a student of the black arts, plans to replace his cruel wife Carlotta's soul with that of a kind housekeeper.


(teleplay), (short story "The Dead Man") (as Fritz Lieber) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Dr. Max Redford (segment "The Dead Man")
Dr. Miles Talmadge (segment "The Dead Man")
Velia Redford (segment "The Dead Man")
John Michael Fearing (segment "The Dead Man")
Cedric Acton (segment "The Housekeeper")
Carlotta Acton / Miss Wattle (segment "The Housekeeper")
Miss Wattle / Carlotta Acton (segment "The Housekeeper")
Glenn Dixon ...
Minister (segment "The Dead Man")
Cathleen Cordell ...
Miss Beamish (segment "The Housekeeper")
Howard Morton ...
Headwaiter (segment "The Housekeeper")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself - Host


A doctor uses a man who is highly susceptible to suggestion to simulate any disease through hypnosis. The only carrot keeping the subject there was the attraction between him and the doctor's much younger wife. Finally the doctor decides to have this young man cheat death. When the doctor can't bring him back by signal or medical means the young man is buried, the result of an unfortunate accident. The doctor's colleague goes through his notes and discovers that unconsciously the jealous doctor gave him the wrong signal to revive him. His wife hears this discussion and runs for the cemetery. Written by laird -3

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16 December 1970 (USA)  »

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This was Suzy Parker's final role before her retirement from acting. See more »


[last lines]
Last Housekeeper (segment "The Housekeeper"): Oh dear, how many times, dear God, how many times?
Cedric Acton (segment "The Housekeeper"): Until we get it right.
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Hypnosis & Magic
11 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

'The Dead Man' - A doctor/hypnotist uses a young man as his subject to cheat death, but the man is having an affair with his wife, unconsciously forcing him to put him in a state of living death... Effective story with a most chilling ending.

'The Housekeeper' - Larry Hagman plays a frustrated yet determined man who decides to use black magic to get rid of his unloving wife, and needs a willing but ignorant woman to aid him by a soul transference, no matter how long it takes... Amusing story where the final line is the payoff.

First episode of the TV series.

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