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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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

William Hendricks was born in 1893 and died in 1969. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Menlo is talking about regaining her sight, she says that she's going to "drink in Central Park" in the 12 or so hours of sight she'll gain from her operation. But at the end of her time while the blackout of 1965 is still on she has a few moments of looking at the sunrise over Central Park. She even comments about how beautiful the sun is. But a Fifth Avenue Penthouse with a park view would face West, where the sun sets, not East where it rises. They should have written it as Sutton Place, which would have a river view to the East. 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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Featured in The Siskel & Ebert Interviews (1995) See more »

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Cielito Lindo
Music by Quirino Mendoza
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Crawford's Final Substantial Role
6 November 1999 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

This was Joan Crawford's second to last film (actually a TV movie) that was the pilot to the famous show created by Rod Sterling. There are three segments all which evolve around a painting and have very good morals. The first two are the best. Crawford's segment (the second) directed by Steven Spielberg (his directorial debut) is about a vicious, blind Park Avenue millionaire who undergoes an eye transplant just so she could see for a few hours, but everything does not go the way she plans. "Night Gallery" is a masterpiece, and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially Crawford fans or Twilight Zone fans.


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