Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The House/Certain Shadows on the Wall 

Elaine Latimer has been dreaming of a certain house for years and finally sees it in real life. / Sickly Emma Brigham dies, but her shadow is still visible on one wall of the family mansion.


John Astin, Jeff Corey


Rod Serling (teleplay), André Maurois (story) (as Andre Maurois) | 2 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Joanna Pettet ... Elaine Latimer (segment "The House")
Paul Richards ... Peugeot (segment "The House")
Steve Franken ... Dr. Peter Mitchell (segment "The House")
Louis Hayward ... Dr. Stephen Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Agnes Moorehead ... Emma Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Grayson Hall ... Ann Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Rachel Roberts ... Rebecca Brigham (segment "Certain Shadows on the Wall")
Jan Burrell ... Nurse (segment "The House")
Almira Sessions ... Old Woman (segment "The House")
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rod Serling ... Himself - Host


Elaine Latimer has dreamed of driving on a country road and coming to a beautiful house. In her dream she knocks on the door but no one answers, so she leaves. She has had the same dream for years, and on her final day at a sanitarium she recounts the dream to her doctor. Leaving after being cured of what ailed her, Elaine finds herself driving in the country and discovers a familiar road, at the end of which is her dream house (literally). A real estate agent is also there and tells her the house is on sale, as it has been many times previously -- all the owners feel it is haunted. Elaine isn't put off by that and buys the house immediately. Now she is home for sure. Written by Ron Kerrigan <>

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30 December 1970 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Did You Know?


The outside of the house in this episode and the outside of the house in "Hart to Hart" are one and the same right down to the white fence along the driveway. See more »


Sing Me to Sleep
Lyrics by G. Clifton Bingham
Music by Edwin Greene
Performed by Rachel Roberts
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Joanna Pettet -- Lovely Woman, Wonderful Actress
22 June 2009 | by josephrubySee all my reviews

First of all, I have to say I hope Miss Pettet reads this because she should know she has a large fan base and we miss her presence on both the small and big screens. From having read about her on a number of websites, I know she has had much personal tragedy and has retired from acting. Getting to this episode, "The House" is a story I could watch once a month, every month for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it because each time I see it it gives me pleasure. It is beautifully written and photographed and the acting is nothing short of superb. The story is eerie and unsettling but somehow sweet and good-natured at the same time. Miss Pettet was never more stunning than when she played the ethereal Elaine Latimer. Director John Astin allows the camera to linger on her gorgeous face a number of times, but her beauty does not detract from her excellent acting skills. With her willowy and wistful appearance as well as her somewhat smoky voice, Miss Pettet gives Elaine a palpable presence that stays with the viewer long after they have seen the story. This is a story that I don't really understand but that makes it all the more affecting. What IS going on here? I don't know but I like it just the same. The mystery and rafter of unanswered questions makes this episode vastly compelling and beguiling. I fully empathize with the great Paul Richards in his performance as the real estate agent Mr. Peugeot. As an older man, I understand what is probably his attraction to this obviously intelligent as well as independent and beautiful younger woman of means. Miss Pettet has a way of looking off to the side as she discusses her house purchase and what it entails as if she sees something not obvious to the rest of us. She was a remarkably intuitive actress and did such fine work on "Night Gallery". I believe she holds the record for the number of performances on the series - four stories. I heartily agree with the previous reviewer Alsatian5 that this is a television moment that needs to be shared with future generations. Joanna, we miss you and we hope you are well. Please think about coming back.

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