Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Green Fingers/The Funeral/The Tune in Dan's Cafe 

Nasty land developer Mike Saunders is ready to destroy a widow with a green thumb to get her land. / Morton Silkline arranges a late funeral for an unusual client, Ludwig Asper. / A jukebox in a diner repeatedly plays the same sad song.


John Badham (as John M. Badham), John Meredyth Lucas | 1 more credit »


Rod Serling (teleplay), R.C. Cook (short story) | 5 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Joe Flynn ... Morton Silkline (segment "The Funeral")
Cameron Mitchell ... Michael J. Saunders (segment "Green Fingers")
Pernell Roberts ... Joe Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Werner Klemperer ... Ludwig Asper (segment "The Funeral")
Elsa Lanchester ... Lydia Bowen (segment "Green Fingers")
Susan Oliver ... Kelly Bellman (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Michael Bell ... Ernest (segment "Green Fingers")
Harvey Jason ... Morrow (segment "The Funeral")
James Nusser James Nusser ... Dan (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
James Davidson ... Roy Gleason (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Harry Hickox ... Sheriff (segment "Green Fingers")
Charles Macaulay Charles Macaulay ... The Count (segment "The Funeral")
Jack Laird Jack Laird ... Ygor (segment "The Funeral")
Brooke Mills Brooke Mills ... Red (segment "The Tune in Dan's Cafe")
Bill Quinn ... Doctor (segment "Green Fingers")


A ruthless tycoon takes extreme measures to try and force an old lady to sell her property, only to discover that the obstacle standing in his way is the woman's unusual talent for gardening. A funeral home director ends up having his hands full when a vampire makes plans for his own funeral. A couple stop at a roadside diner, where they encounter a jukebox that plays only one song: a tune connected to a tragic romance that took place at the diner years ago.

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Release Date:

5 January 1972 (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?


The sign on the door to the funeral parlor states, "Silkline's Cut Rate Catafalque." A catafalque (pronounced kada-falk) is raised bier, box, or similar platform, often movable, that is used to support the casket, coffin, or body of the deceased during a Christian funeral or memorial service. See more »


In "Green Fingers", Saunders looks at Mrs. Bowen's house and calls it "a crummy stone cottage". The house is frame construction with clapboard siding. See more »


References The Phantom of the Opera (1925) See more »


(Untitled Song)
Written by Gerald Sanford, music by Hal Mooney
From the segment "The tune in Dan's Cafe"
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great episode
31 December 2006 | by ziggnlemonsSee all my reviews

I too enjoyed this episode of Night Gallery. I thought at first it was from The Twilight Zone until I went through the episode list. IMDb made finding the correct listing easy and I appreciate it. I also feel SciFi should pick up Night Gallery. This episode reminds me of "Imminent Domain" issues in our country. The plot disturbed me greatly as a young teen...the idea that there are those who will go to most any means to get what it is they want without considering others. The acting in this episode was excellent; very believable and sincere. Rod Serling is the preeminent of psychological mind bends...he is not Hitchcock of course, but he can hold his own.

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