Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Make Me Laugh/Clean Kills and Other Trophies 

A fading comic asks a miracle worker's help in making people laugh. / Big game hunter Colonel Archie Dittman pressures his meek son to take up the sport or be disinherited.

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Rod Serling
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Godfrey Cambridge ... Jackie Slater (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Tom Bosley ... Jules Kettleman (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Jackie Vernon ... Chatterje (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Raymond Massey ... Colonel Archie Dittman (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
Tom Troupe Tom Troupe ... Jeffrey Pierce (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
Barry Brown ... Archie Dittman Jr. (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ... Tom Mboya (segment "Clean Kills and Other Trophies")
Al Lewis ... Mishkin (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Sidney Clute ... David Garrick (segment "Make Me Laugh")
John J. Fox John J. Fox ... Heckler (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Gene R. Kearney Gene R. Kearney ... 2nd Bartender (segment "Make Me Laugh") (as Gene Kearney)
Tony Russel ... Director (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Sonny Klein Sonny Klein ... 1st Bartender (segment "Make Me Laugh")
Michele Hart ... Miss Wilson (segment "Make Me Laugh") (as Michael Hart)
Georgia Schmidt Georgia Schmidt ... Flower Lady (segment "Make Me Laugh")
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Colonel Archie Dittman is a big-game hunter obsessed with hunting and constantly frustrated that his mild-mannered son has yet to catch his father's enthusiasm for the sport. So Archie makes an ultimatum: either his son goes on a hunt and makes a "clean kill" or gets cut off without a cent. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 January 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Archie Dittman, Jr. was born in 1949. See more »

Goofs

Just after the miracle is performed on Jackie, the bartender hangs onto a support column and it moves quite significantly. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Chatterje (segment "Make Me Laugh"): I wonder if I will ever get the hang of it.
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References The Dean Martin Show (1965) See more »

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The first one's been done to death
14 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While Rod Serling introduced each segment on Night Gallery and he was a fantastic writer, he actually did not write this series--even though it was often referred to as "Rod Serling's Night Gallery". The show, in general, wasn't nearly as good as "The Twilight Zone" but it did have some excellent horror and suspense stories. Each episode was broken down into two or more stories--with occasional very short comedic horror stories thrown in as well.

"Make Me Laugh" stars Godfrey Cambridge (who, sadly, was very young when he died just a few yeas after doing this episode) and has supporting performances by Tom Bosley, Jackie Vernon and Al Lewis. Cambridge plays a bad comic--a very, very bad comic. He can't make anyone laugh and his jokes are just terrible. When he meets a goofy swami (Vernon) in a bad, the swami tells him he can help--but the wishes he grants often end up being disasters. But, since Cambridge is desperate (and stupid), he asks the swami to make it so that everyone laughs when he talks. Naturally it all backfires. This episode seems like a very old retread of an idea--the sort of thing they already did on "Twilight Zone" and did much better. It's too drawn out and too obvious. I'd give this one a 4.

"Clean Kills and Other Trophies" stars Raymond Massey as a rich hunter who has traveled the world taking trophies. He looks down on his son (Barry Brown) since the son refuses to kill. And, to punish the young man, Massey promises to take away his trust fund unless he kills--and schedules a deer hunt for the following day. The family servant (some African guy) hates what Massey is trying to do--especially since he kills for fun not for food. Naturally, Massey will get hi comeuppance by the times this episode ends. Massey is wonderful as the nasty old hunter--he's very easy to hate and fills the screen. Unfortunately, while the episode is quite enjoyable, it also a bit too obvious--and you can easily predict the ending. In addition, the scene with the deer was CLEARLY a stock piece of footage and didn't integrate well--as it was grainy and cheap looking. So, I'd give this one a 6--it's decent but far from great.


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