Opting for a little more perilous viewing--this time with Rod Serling's Night Gallery Season One. First up, the pilot episode featuring: "The Cemetary," "Eyes," and "The Escape Route." "The Cemetary" stars George Macready, Roddy McDowell, and Ossie Davis in a tale about greed and revenge. McDowell is the black sheep nephew who has shown up just in time to inherit his uncle's fortune...if he can stay alive. Ossie Davis plays the faithful butler of 30 years who is finally going to get his due...one way or another.
|from "The Cemetary" (image credit)|
And, finally, in "The Escape Route" a Nazi war criminal played by Richard Kiley is hiding out in South America--haunted by demons of the past. All he wants is a little peace and to be able to survive. When he chances to go into a museum, he notices a painting of a fisherman that represents his dreams of escape. A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust (Sam Jaffe) who has been looking at a very different painting also notices him while in the museum...forcing him to make an escape of a different kind.
These three stories made for some mighty fine viewing on a rainy afternoon. The last is a bit drawn out (how many times does he really need to go stare at the painting?)...but a nice set of stories to kick off the Night Gallery show.