In the pilot of the television series Night Gallery (1970), 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 ...
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In the first segment, in the scene in which Roddy McDowall
shouts, "What in God's name is happening?" the sound track was faulty. During editing, McDowell was no longer available, so director John Badham
himself looped the line. See more
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
Rod Serling - Host
[Second segment narration
Objet d'art number two, a portrait. Its subject, Miss Claudia Menlo, a blind queen who reigns in a carpeted penthouse on Fifth Avenue. An imperious, predatory dowager who will soon find a darkness blacker than blindness. This is her story.