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The mysterious death of a patient at a mental institution leads the presiding physician, Dr. Joel Winter, to track down a mysterious farmhouse. When he arrives there, he falls in love with Mildred, the beautiful woman who resides there with her parents, but he soon realizes she hides a dark secret.
At a countryside mental facility, the Delphinium House, several of Dr. Joel Winter’s patients have gathered for a session and listen to Gideon, another patient, play his guitar. One of the patients complains and Dr. Winter asks Gideon to eliminate the guitar. Gideon responds by casually smashing it. Dr. Winter accuses Gideon of keeping secrets, but Gideon refuses to talk about what he’s hiding. The sheriff arrives and informs Dr. Winter that they found a note at the site where his patient Mr. May was murdered. Dr. Winter confirms that Gideon wrote it, and they ask him why. The doctor wonders if Gideon wrote it because Mr. May was getting out and wanted to meet with Mildred, and the note gave directions. When Dr. Winter notes that Mr. May ever met Mildred, Gideon says that he and the other patients haven’t either, but they’re all in love with Mildred. Gideon suggests that Dr. Winter is in love with her as well, and says that Mildred Squire and her family live in an old-fashioned house just over the horizon. The sheriff asks if Mr. May was a friend of Gideon’s, and Gideon says that May was a scientist at a think tank and he hated him. However, he wants everyone to meet Mildred...Read the full recap
Host: Good evening. We offer you an evening's sojourn among the wild, the woolly, the unbelievable, sometimes made believable. As our first painting suggests. From this painting, one wouldn't necessarily conjure up a story of love. But that's precisely what it tells about. An emotion as old as Man. But the object of the emotion, this is not quite as familiar. It's title, Phantom Farmhouse, offering number one in the Night Gallery.