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Night Gallery: The Doll

A British colonel returns home and discovers that he's been sent a cursed doll by a man seeking revenge for his brother's death.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 32365
Airdate: Wednesday January 13th, 1971

Director: Rudi Dorn
Story: Algernon Blackwood
Teleplay: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
John Williams (1)John Williams (1)
As Colonel Masters
Shani WallisShani Wallis
As Miss Danton
Henry SilvaHenry Silva
As Pandit Chola

Co-Guest Stars
John Barclay (2)John Barclay (2)
As Butler
Than WyennThan Wyenn
As Indian
Jewel BlanchJewel Blanch
As Monica
Main Cast


In India, 1907, a hideous doll looks on as the British forces battle the locals. In England, Colonel Masters returns to his home in England and his housekeeper, Miss Danton, greets him. Masters’ niece, Monica, comes down to greet him and he’s shocked to see that she has a new doll: the hideous-faced figurine. Miss Danton explains that it arrived from India and she thought that Masters had sent it. Monica says that the doll sings and talks, and refuses to get it up for a new one...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Doll" by Algernon Blackwood. This story was first published in The Doll, and One Other (1946)

Episode Quotes
Host: We move now from ships like the Titanic and the Andrea Dorea to a small fragment of history. This little collector's item here dates back a few hundred years to the British Indian colonial period. Proving only that sometimes the least likely objects can be filled with the most likely horror. Our painting is called The Doll and this one you'd best not play with.

Colonel Masters: My trade is soldiering. And it's a proper pity that this respected profession isn't a shade less honorable and a share more remunerative.

Pandit Chola: Best remain awake, Colonel. The doll has teeth... and the teeth have poison. And there is no medicine on earth to save you.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerGrady Hunt
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorCharles S. Thompson
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorJames Ballas  |  Jean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundDavid H. Moriarty  |  John Erlinger
Assistant DirectorJack Doran  |  Ralph Sariego
Production ExecutivePaul Freeman (4)
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright
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