Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The House/Certain Shadows on the Wall 

Elaine Latimer has been dreaming of a certain house for years and finally sees it in real life. / Sickly Emma Brigham dies, but her shadow is still visible on one wall of the family mansion.

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John Astin, Jeff Corey

Writers:

Rod Serling (teleplay), André Maurois (story) (as Andre Maurois) | 2 more credits »
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Episode complete credited cast:
Joanna Pettet ... Elaine Latimer (segment "The House")
Paul Richards ... Peugeot (segment "The House")
Steve Franken ... Dr. Peter Mitchell (segment "The House")
Louis Hayward ... Dr. Stephen Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Agnes Moorehead ... Emma Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Grayson Hall ... Ann Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Rachel Roberts ... Rebecca Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Jan Burrell Jan Burrell ... Nurse (segment "The House")
Almira Sessions ... Old Woman (segment "The House")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Serling ... Himself - Host
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Elaine Latimer has dreamed of driving on a country road and coming to a beautiful house. In her dream she knocks on the door but no one answers, so she leaves. She has had the same dream for years, and on her final day at a sanitarium she recounts the dream to her doctor. Leaving after being cured of what ailed her, Elaine finds herself driving in the country and discovers a familiar road, at the end of which is her dream house (literally). A real estate agent is also there and tells her the house is on sale, as it has been many times previously -- all the owners feel it is haunted. Elaine isn't put off by that and buys the house immediately. Now she is home for sure. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1970 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Sing Me to Sleep
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Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
Music by Edwin Greene
Performed by Rachel Roberts
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Shadowy episode could've been better; the House
13 February 2012 | by stones78See all my reviews

In a lackluster first season of Night Gallery, the episode titled Certain Shadows on the Wall is about a very sick woman(played by a creepy Agnes Moorehead)who's wasting away in her bed as she's being tended to by her brother(Louis Hayward), who also happens to be a doctor. How ethical a doctor? That's debatable. While he's upstairs basically performing the last rites, her 2 quirky sisters(Grayson Hall and Rachel Roberts)are downstairs feeling sad and acting pretentious. Long story short, the sister dies and soon after, her stationary shadow appears on the wall. It turns out her brother was slowly poisoning her, mainly in order to gain control of the house, which was willed to her, and the other goodies of the house. I think he was hurting financially, as one of other sisters points out, so it's easier to have her out of the way, even though the other 2 women don't agree with their devious brother. In a rather humorous twist, the mousy sister is the one who uses Stephen's poison against him, as he dies shortly after. His shadow now appears on the wall next to his once "sick" sister as the other two are happy and get ready for bed.

I always thought more could've been done with the eerie shadows on the wall, as opposed to them just being still. The episode slightly drags without much happening, other than ramblings from 4 weird siblings in a weird house. I suppose it's one of the better segments from a weak opening season.

The second part will be a short review of the House, starring skinny Night Gallery veteran Joanna Pettet, who portrays Elaine, a woman who has several dreams about this particular house, which looks anything but haunted. If a tamer episode is your thing, then perhaps you'll enjoy this one, as there are no scares at all, but still offers atmosphere and some interesting characters, and a cool car. For me, what I enjoyed most is the nifty house, both inside and out, and the conversations Elaine has with the doctor, and her real estate agent, who had to sell the house because past residents were spooked by something, although we unfortunately never get too see any ghosts or anything remotely spooky. Long story short, Elaine buys the house for cheap, and she has the same dreams while napping inside her new house, as it appears she likes sleeping in her clothes while wearing her boots too. It turns out that she's the ghost, because that's what she tells her doctor, and I saw this conclusion coming a mile away.


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