Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Messiah on Mott Street/The Painted Mirror 

Mikey Goldman searches for the Messiah to comfort his dying grandfather Abe. / Removing paint from an antique mirror, shop owner Frank Standish sees an alien landscape that is used to rid himself of his unwanted partner.


Gene R. Kearney (as Gene Kearney), Don Taylor


Gene R. Kearney (teleplay) (as Gene Kearney), Rod Serling (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Zsa Zsa Gabor ... Mrs. Moore (segment "The Painted Mirror")
Edward G. Robinson ... Abraham Goldman (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
Yaphet Kotto ... Buckner (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
Arthur O'Connell ... Frank Standish (segment "The Painted Mirror")
Rosemary DeCamp ... Ellen Chase (segment "The Painted Mirror")
Tony Roberts ... Dr. Morris Levine (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
Joseph Ruskin ... Fanatic (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
Ricky Powell ... Mikey Goldman (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
John J. Fox John J. Fox ... Santa Claus (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")
Anne Taylor Anne Taylor ... Miss Moretti (segment "The Messiah on Mott Street")


When his grandfather is ailing, a nine-year-old Jewish boy runs out looking for the Messiah. His grandfather said that he will appear big and black against the sky, striking down their enemies. When he gets into trouble and is saved by a black man, he brings him home to his grandfather, announcing that he had found him. Written by laird-3

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Release Date:

15 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"The Messiah on Mott Street" takes place from December 24 to December 25, 1971. See more »


Abraham Goldman tells his grandson Mikey that Juan Ponce de León was Italian. However, he was Spanish. See more »

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Strange and wonderful things.
23 January 2013 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This heartfelt Night Gallery episode takes two positions on theological issues. First that the Messiah can be a personal one and that Christmas can happen for Jews.

Edward G. Robinson plays an old man who is the soul support of his grandson, nine year old Ricky Powell. He's also a pretty sick man who worries his doctor Tony Roberts. Robinson has told his grandson of many tales of the Messiah and the angel of death. And tonight the angel of death is camping close by.

Powell takes things literally and brings home Yaphett Kotto who says to him he is in fact the Messiah. After that some strange and wonderful things start to happen.

The whole cast does a wonderful job in this holiday treat of an episode.

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