Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Night Gallery (The Cemetery/Eyes/The Escape Route) 

A seemingly haunted painting drives a greedy man insane. A rich blind woman gets a new pair of eyes that allow her to see for only one brief ironic moment. An idyllic painting gives a Nazi war criminal in hiding some fleeting comfort.

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Miss Claudia Menlo
Ossie Davis ... Osmund Portifoy
Richard Kiley ... SS-Gruppenführer Helmut Arndt / Josef Strobe
Roddy McDowall ... Jeremy Evans
Barry Sullivan ... Dr. Frank Heatherton
Tom Bosley ... Sidney Resnick
George Macready ... William Hendricks
Sam Jaffe ... Bleum
Norma Crane ... Gretchen
Barry Atwater ... Carson
George Murdock ... 1st Agent
Tom Basham Tom Basham ... Gibbons
Byron Morrow ... George J. Packer
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Louis
Shannon Farnon ... 1st Nurse
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Storyline

In the pilot of the television series Night Gallery (1969), Rod Serling introduces three separate paintings, each with its own story of uncanny vengeance against evil to tell. The first, "The Cemetery", involves a black sheep nephew (Roddy McDowall) who murders his rich uncle to inherit his fortune - both much to the detriment of the uncle's butler (Ossie Davis) - only to find that vengeance extends beyond the grave. In the second story, "Eyes", a rich, heartless woman (Joan Crawford) who has been blind from birth blackmails an aspiring surgeon and a man who desperately needs money to give her a pair of eyes which will allow her to see for the first time - even though for only half a day's time - only to have the plan backfire on her in ways she never imagined. In the third story, "The Escape Route", a Nazi war criminal (Richard Kiley) is hiding from the authorities in South America, where he is confronted with his past demons and a curious Holocaust survivor (Sam Jaffe) and finds ... Written by Curly Q. Link

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1969 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Archive footage of New York was edited into the opening scene of the story "Eyes." See more »

Goofs

Sidney Resnick's eyes are transplanted into Claudia Menlo. In spite of the fact that Resnick's eyes are brown, Miss Menlo's eyes are still blue after the operation. See more »

Quotes

SS-Gruppenführer Helmut Arndt: Please! If there is a god, let him show himself now! Get me into the picture! I must get into the picture! Please, please! God, Christ, anyone! Get me into the picture! I must get into the picture!
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Connections

Followed by Night Gallery (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Cielito Lindo
Music by Quirino Mendoza
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Great made for TV movie!
29 September 2000 | by mr. sardonicusSee all my reviews

As a collection of three stories, The Night Gallery stands as one of the best horror anthologies ever filmed. The first of the three stories is the best. Roddy McDowell and Ozzie Davis are fantastic in this eerie little piece about greed, deception, and revenge. The second story is also the second best. Joan Crawford is excellent as the heartless, sightless woman who will sacrifice anyone to be able to see the world around her. The last story is the least of the three. Although Sam Jaffe is very good as the survivor of a Nazi prison camp, Richard Kiley just doesn't do enough with his role as the former Nazi haunted by his monstrous past. All in all, this is one of the premier made-for-TV movies produced in the late sixties/early seventies era. With a few notable exceptions, the TV series which followed never really lived up to this auspicious beginning. If you've never seen this movie, it's definitely worth a look--if for no other reason than to see and hear Rod Serling introduce each episode.


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