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Night Gallery: The Last Laurel

A paralyzed former athlete plots revenge on his wife, who he believes is having an affair with his doctor.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x16
Production Number: 32362
Airdate: Wednesday January 20th, 1971

Director: Daryl Duke
Story: Davis Grubb
Teleplay: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Jack CassidyJack Cassidy
As Marius Davis
Martine BeswickMartine Beswick
As Susan Davis

Co-Guest Stars
Martin E. BrooksMartin E. Brooks
As Doctor Armstrong
Main Cast


Crippled former decathlon champion Marius Davis is in his room, surrounded by his trophies. His wife Susan arrives with Marius’ doctor, Armstrong. Marius rudely orders her out and Armstrong asks why he was summoned thirty miles on a stormy night, and is trapped on the island for the night. Marius accuses Armstrong of stealing his wife, and says that he will deal with the affair in his own unique fashion. He then orders Armstrong to bring Susan in. Marius informs her that the doctor is trapped there for the night, and will be in the room across from the hallway while Marius is trapped in his bed. He orders them both out of his sight and they leave...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Horsehair Trunk" (also known as "The Secret Darkness") by Davis Grubb. The story was first published in Colliers (May 25, 1946).

When originally aired, this segment was shown prior to "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar." In the repeats, it was shown second to give more emphasis to that award-winning episode.

Episode Quotes
Host: Welcome art lovers. We offer for your approval a painting which has to do with what happens to men who take a walk into nature's marketplace and exchange certain powers for other powers. The blind, we're told for example, develop an extraordinary sense of touch. In this case, the story of a man who perfects the art of killing. Our painting is called The Last Laurel.

Episode Goofs
It's explained how Marius can pick up solid objects through force of will. However, he also carries the candelabra through a solid wall, which would be impossible.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerGrady Hunt
HairstylistLarry Germain
Make-upBud Westmore
Set DecoratorJerry Miggins  |  Bert Allen
Director of PhotographyWilliam Margulies
Art DirectorSydney Litwack  |  Joseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreBenny Carter
Film EditorJames Leicester
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorLester William Berke  |  Ralph Sariego
Production ExecutivePaul Freeman (4)
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright
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