Night Gallery: Season 1, Episode 1

The Dead Man/The Housekeeper (16 Dec. 1970)

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


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Episode complete credited cast:
Carl Betz ...
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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Nice early work from Larry and a neat clever way to change your trophy socialite wife!
29 November 2012 | by (Petersburg, Virginia) – See all my reviews

Just watched this now classic episode of "Night Gallery" from season one I believe the first episode it's even more special now that TV legend Larry Hagman has passed. Anyway it was odd seeing Hagman sport a beard I was always used to him being clean shaved. Anyway again about seven years before his big role as J.R. Ewing on "Dallas", Larry was a guest star on this sci-fi, horror suspense series "Night Gallery". In this episode Larry is a man that has an attractive trophy socialite type wife, but her attitude on the inside is terrible. In a clever twist the Hagman character hires a sweet and innocent old lady as a housekeeper, once he sees this old lady's attitude is so much better than his wife's he's got a plan. It's in the form of a frog it's a strange creature transformation that you have to watch to see it explained. The body and attitude turns out to both be switched between his wife and the old lady! Overall good clever episode nice to see some Hagman work before he became J.R. and this episode had good montage editing with old "Frankenstein" clips!

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