Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Death in the Family/The Merciful/Class of '99/Witches' Feast 

Fleeing thief Doran hides in the funeral home of odd Mr Soames. / A wife uses bricks and mortar to help her ill husband. / A college professor administers a chilling oral exam with a dystopian twist. / Witches prepare a vile dish.


Rod Serling (teleplay), Miriam Allen DeFord (story) | 4 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
E.G. Marshall ... Jared Soames (segment "Death in the Family")
Desi Arnaz Jr. ... Doran (segment "Death in the Family")
Imogene Coca ... Wife (segment "The Merciful")
King Donovan ... Husband (segment "The Merciful")
Vincent Price ... Professor (segment "Class of '99")
Brandon De Wilde ... Johnson (segment "Class of '99") (as Brandon de Wilde)
Noam Pitlik Noam Pitlik ... Driver (segment "Death in the Family")
James Sikking ... State Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as James B. Sikking)
John William Evans John William Evans ... 2nd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family")
William Elliott ... 3rd Trooper (segment "Death in the Family") (as Bill Elliott)
Bud Walls Bud Walls ... Grave Digger (segment "Death in the Family")
Randolph Mantooth ... Elkins (segment "Class of '99")
Frank Hotchkiss Frank Hotchkiss ... Clinton (segment "Class of '99")
Hilly Hicks ... Barnes (segment "Class of '99")
Suzanne Cohane Suzanne Cohane ... Joanne Fields (segment "Class of '99")


An injured criminal takes refuge in a funeral home, where he is greeted by a kind undertaker with a strange secret. An old woman uses bricks and mortar to end her husband's suffering. A graduating class of the future takes their final exam that reveals more than just the knowledge of the students. An employment agency official finds herself having a hard time meeting the needs of an extremely picky customer.

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Release Date:

22 September 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?


Simon Cottner was born in 1890. See more »


When we first see Jared Soames (E.G. Marshall) at the police checkpoint, both headlights of his car are operating. In the next shot, at the same checkpoint, one bulb has gone out. See more »

Alternate Versions

When NBC reran this episode the following spring, the segment "Witches' Feast" was replaced with the previously unaired _"Night Gallery" (1970) {Satisfaction Guaranteed (#2.23)}_. See more »

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Death & Androids
11 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

'A Death In The Family' - A fugitive young man with a bullet wound finds sanctuary in a funeral parlor run by a lonely man who takes his job to heart... Small but effective tale is more sad than creepy.

'The Merciful' - One spouse walls up the other, but who is sealing up who? Mildly amusing short is all about the (visual) punch line.

'Class Of '99' - Vincent Price shines as a no-nonsense teacher in a "future" academy dealing with androids where not everything is as it seems... Best tale of the four hits a dramatic knockout.

'Witches' Feast' - Thought-lost tale should have stayed lost, as it's a perfectly dreadful example of all set-up with no payoff.

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