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Night Gallery: Clean Kills and Other Trophies

An overzealous hunter forces his pacifist son to hunt and kill a deer as the condition precedent to inheriting the family fortune.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x12
Production Number: 32364
Airdate: Wednesday January 06th, 1971

Director: Walter Doniger
Writer: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Raymond MasseyRaymond Massey
As Colonel Archie Dittman
Tom TroupeTom Troupe
As Jeffrey Pierce
Barry BrownBarry Brown
As Archie Dittman Jr.
Main Cast


Lawyer Jeffrey Pierce travels to the woodlands estate of Colonel Archie Dittman. Also present is Dittman’s 21-year-old son, Archie Jr. Dittman introduces his servant, Tom, who he says is the son of an African chief of the Ebo tribe, and despite his Harvard education is still a pagan savage. Pierce is there to get Dittman’s signature on the $2 million trust fund, but Dittman is disinterested. Instead he speaks of his time in the jungles of the world, hunting animals for sport. He says his son is a coward and says that he’s never hunted. When Pierce objects on the boy’s behalf, Dittman insists his son is a milksop and an alcoholic, and talks of how the Maasai tribe put their senior citizens out into the brush to die. Pierce says that it’s savage, but it serves a purpose, and hunting animals does no such thing. Dittman tells the lawyer that he does hunt for a purpose: to prove himself superior...

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Episode Quotes
Host: Our second painting this evening has to do with the stalker and a victim, The hunter and the hunted, that rare breed of homo sapien whose love of butchery is not a sport but a consuming passion. Offered to you now, Clean Kills and Other Trophies.

Colonel Archie Dittman: It is incomprehensible to me that I have managed to sire a mewling, sniveling, self-indulgent milksop who is unable to grasp the most elementary fact of life. The whole world is a bloody hunting jungle. You stalk with the hunter, or you run with the quarry. You have no other choice. The beast have no choice. Only Man. That is why he is superior.

Tom: (Colonel Dittman) has a strange god, Mr. Pierce. He worships death and then he nails it to the wall.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorCharles S. Thompson
Director of PhotographyRichard C. Glouner
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreRobert Prince
Film EditorJames Leicester  |  Bud Hoffman
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorJack Doran  |  Ralph Ferrin  |  Ralph Sariego
Production ExecutivePaul Freeman (4)
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright
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