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Thriller: Pigeons from Hell

Two brothers attempt to spend the night in an abandoned Gothic mansion and encounter a flock of birds that appear to dislike intruders.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x36
Production Number: 14140
Airdate: Tuesday June 06th, 1961

Guest Stars
Brandon de WildeBrandon de Wilde
As Timothy Branner
Crahan DentonCrahan Denton
As Sheriff Buckner

Co-Guest Stars
Ken RenardKen Renard
As Jacob Blount
David WhorfDavid Whorf
As John Branner
Ottola NesmithOttola Nesmith
As Zuvembie / Eula Lee Blassenville
Guy WilkersonGuy Wilkerson
As Howard
Main Cast


Two brothers, Tim and John Branner, are driving through the Louisiana swamps when their car gets stuck in mud. John tells his young brother Tim to find a pole to leverage them out, but Tim refuses and John goes looking. As he picks up a large branch, he hears an unearthly squealing noise and goes to investigate. He finds a Southern plantation house with large numbers of pigeons on the front yard. John approaches the manor and the same noise echoes out. The pigeon fly at his face, blinding him, and John yells for Tim to come. When his brother arrives, John insists that the pigeons deliberately attacked him. Tim starts to go into the manor and John hesitates, and then follows him in...

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Episode Notes
This episode appears to be somewhat of a precurser to Alfred Hitchcock's classic The Birds.

Based on Pigeons From Hell (1934), written by Robert E. Howard and first published in Weird Tales (1938).

Episode Quotes
Host: The swamp is alive. Crawling with creatures of death. Creatures that lurk, camouflaged in the undergrowth waiting patiently for an unsuspecting victim. And our young friend was alarmed by a flight of pigeons. Harmless, you say? Well, you'll see that he has good cause for alarm. For those were no ordinary pigeons. They were the pigeons from Hell. That is both the title and the substance of our story. Spirits come back from the dead to guard their ancestral home against intruders. Spirits that in life fed on evil, and now in death, return to feed upon the living. Return each night, driven relentlessly by the spell of a terrible curse. In our story, the living--I mean the players--are Brandon de Wilde, Crahan Denton, and David Walsh. Join us now, as night is falling. In the old house where evil dwells, two brave young brothers dare to intrude.

Other Episode Crew

ProducerWilliam Frye
Associate ProducerDouglas Benton
Music SupervisorStanley Wilson
HairstylistFlorence Bush
Make-upJack Barron
Set DecoratorJulia Heron  |  John McCarthy, Jr.
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorGeorge Patrick
GraphicsJerome Gould (1)
Costume SupervisorVincent Dee
Film EditorDanny B. Landres
SoundLyle Cain
Assistant DirectorCharles S. Gould
Original MusicMorton Stevens
Editorial SupervisorDavid J. O'Connell
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