Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Pilot 

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 (segment "Eyes")
Ossie Davis ... Osmund Portifoy (segment "The Cemetery")
Richard Kiley ... SS-Gruppenführer Helmut Arndt / Josef Strobe (segment "Escape Route")
Roddy McDowall ... Jeremy Evans (segment "The Cemetery")
Barry Sullivan ... Dr. Frank Heatherton (segment "Eyes")
Tom Bosley ... Sidney Resnick (segment "Eyes")
George Macready ... William Hendricks (segment "The Cemetery")
Sam Jaffe ... Bleum (segment "Escape Route")
Norma Crane ... Gretchen (segment "Escape Route")
Barry Atwater ... Carson (segment "The Cemetery")
George Murdock ... 1st Agent (segment "Escape Route")
Tom Basham Tom Basham ... Gibbons (segment "The Cemetery")
Byron Morrow ... George J. Packer (segment "Eyes")
Garry Goodrow Garry Goodrow ... Louis (segment "Eyes")
Shannon Farnon ... 1st Nurse (segment "Eyes")
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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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Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Gallery See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Miss Claudia Menlo was born in 1915. See more »

Goofs

During the "Escape Route" segment, Israeli agents hold a photo of wanted war criminal SS-Gruppenfuhrer (Major General) Helmuth Arndt. However, the photograph shows Kiley wearing the one-of-a-kind uniform worn by Reichsfuhrer-SS Heinrich Himmler. 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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Connections

Followed by Night Gallery (1969) See more »

Soundtracks

Deutschlandlied
Music by Franz Joseph Haydn
Lyrics by August Heinrich Hoffman von Fallersleben
Performed by Richard Kiley
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Great made for TV movie!
29 September 2000 | by mr. sardonicusSee all my reviews

As a collection of three stories, The Night Gallery stands as one of the best horror anthologies ever filmed. The first of the three stories is the best. Roddy McDowell and Ozzie Davis are fantastic in this eerie little piece about greed, deception, and revenge. The second story is also the second best. Joan Crawford is excellent as the heartless, sightless woman who will sacrifice anyone to be able to see the world around her. The last story is the least of the three. Although Sam Jaffe is very good as the survivor of a Nazi prison camp, Richard Kiley just doesn't do enough with his role as the former Nazi haunted by his monstrous past. All in all, this is one of the premier made-for-TV movies produced in the late sixties/early seventies era. With a few notable exceptions, the TV series which followed never really lived up to this auspicious beginning. If you've never seen this movie, it's definitely worth a look--if for no other reason than to see and hear Rod Serling introduce each episode.


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