January 14, 2015

Night Gallery

Rod Serling's "Night Gallery" began in 1970 and ran for only three seasons; I could've sworn it was more. In my book, this series was tremendous. It probably hit me at the right age, since I was rather young when "The Twilight Zone" aired.

The show always began with Serling walking through an art gallery of terrifying paintings. He'd do his little talk and finally stop at one of the paintings, explaining that this was the artwork upon which tonight's story was based.

Here are a few...
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Aired January 6, 1970
Season 1, Episode 4

Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Steven Spielberg

A tragic tale of a desperate comic who can’t get a laugh, and the deal he makes with an equally desperate miracle worker.

Aired January 13, 1970
Season 1, Episode 5

Written by Rod Serling
Directed by Richard Benedict

A two-character story about a haunting with a weird twist. The haunted: a husband who murdered his magpie wife.

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 photo 53-camera-obscura.jpg CAMERA OBSCURA
Aired December 8, 1971
Season 2, Episode 18

Teleplay by Rod Serling
Story by Basil Copper
Directed by John Badham

A horror tale about a hardhearted moneylender who gets his due via a client’s unusual telescopic device.

Aired January 12, 1972
Season 2, Episode 22

Teleplay by Stanford Whitmore
From “The Fur Brooch” by Dulcie Gray
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc

A grisly shocker about a repulsive suitor’s unusual gift: a fur brooch that seems almost alive.

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 photo 82-girl-with-the-hungry-eyes.jpg THE GIRL WITH THE HUNGRY EYES
Aired October 1, 1972
Season 3, Episode 30

Teleplay by Robert Malcolm Young
Story by Fritz Leiber Jr.
Directed by John Badham

A photographer hires a mysterious model whose eyes burn with a seductive—yet frightening—glow.

Aired May 20, 1973
Season 3, Episode 42

 Teleplay by Jack Guss
Story by Vivian Meik
Directed by John Badham

A spurned Englishman in the British West Indies enlists the power of voodoo to avenge himself against a romantic rival.
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