Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Diary/A Matter of Semantics/Big Surprise/Professor Peabody's Last Lecture 

A strange diary shows gossip columnist her sad future. / Dracula visits a blood bank with an odd request. / Hawkins the hermit promises a surprise to three boys if they dig for it. / Professor Peabody publicly ridicules Lovecraftian gods.


Rod Serling, Gene R. Kearney (as Gene Kearney) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Holly Schaeffer (segment "The Diary")
Virginia Mayo ... Carrie Crane (segment "The Diary")
David Wayne ... Dr. Mill (segment "The Diary")
Cesar Romero ... Count Dracula (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
E.J. Peaker ... Nurse (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
John Carradine ... Mr. Hawkins (segment "Big Surprise")
Carl Reiner ... Professor Peabody (segment "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture")
Robert Yuro ... Jeb Harlan (segment "The Diary")
James McCallion ... George (segment "The Diary")
Lindsay Wagner ... Nurse (segment "The Diary")
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Receptionist (segment "The Diary")
Diana Chesney Diana Chesney ... Maid (segment "The Diary")
Monie Ellis Monie Ellis ... Candy-Striper (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
Vincent Van Patten ... Chris (segment "Big Surprise")
Marc Vahanian ... Jason (segment "Big Surprise")


A ruthless gossip columnist becomes the recipient of a mysterious diary that automatically writes down future events before they actually occur. Count Dracula visits a blood bank. An eccentric farmer promises a big surprise to a group of boys- if they dig for it. A college professor invokes the wrath of an angry god while delivering a lecture.

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Patty Duke (Holly Schaeffer) was pregnant with Sean Astin during the filming of "The Diary". See more »

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Four Surprises
11 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

'The Diary' - Patty Duke stars as a heartless gossip columnist who targets an aging(but still beautiful) actress(played by Virginia Mayo) who is driven to extremes by the stress, including giving her a cursed diary which metes out a special kind of justice... Best of these four with the Duke character getting exactly what she deserves by the clever ending.

'A Matter Of Semantics' - Inept comedy short with no point at all.

'Big Surprise' - John Carradine plays a sinister-seeming man who plans a big surprise for a young boy. Not bad, but still all build-up with little payoff.

'Professor Peabody's Last Lecture' - Goofy in-joke comedy short with silly outcome.

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10 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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