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Night Gallery: A Question of Fear

A mercenary bets $15,000 that he will survive a night in an allegedly haunted house.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x19
Production Number: 34308
Airdate: Wednesday October 27th, 1971

Director: Jack Laird
Story: Bryan Lewis
Teleplay: Theodore J. Flicker

Special Guest Stars
Fritz WeaverFritz Weaver
As Dr. Mazi

Guest Stars
Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen
As Colonel Denny Malloy

Co-Guest Stars
Ivan BonarIvan Bonar
As Fred
Main Cast


A mercenary, Colonel Denny Malloy, is playing billiards at his club as Dr. Mazi, a white-haired older man, tells the other club members about the night he slept in a haunted house he purchased as part of a wager. As Mazi describes it, he blanked out and his friends found him at midnight, wandering the nearby road. Mazi’s hair had turned white, and he spent three years in an asylum receiving treatment. Malloy calls him a coward and Mazi asks if he knows fear. The mercenary says that he’s fought in dozens of wars and had men shot for cowardice, and doesn’t know fear. Mazi offers him $10,000 to spend one night in the haunted house without being frightened to death. Another club member raises the stakes to $15,000, and Malloy confidently accepts...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "A Question of Fear" by Bryan Lewis.

Episode Quotes
Host: Time again for your weekly excursion into the cultural. Paintings, statuary, still lifes, collages, some abstracts, and some items in ice. That's not the technique. That, hopefully, is what we turn your blood into. A good way to begin the attempt, painting number one, about a man who spends a night in a haunted house. An unbeliever, if you will, who, by dawn, believes. The name of the painting is A Question of Fear. The name of this place is the Night Gallery.

Colonel Denny Malloy: Interesting color, white. I've often wondered why they call cowards yellow, when it's the white flag they use to surrender.

Dr. Mazi: Recently, my colleague and I discovered a way of converting a complex enzyme molecule in the human body until its structure is identical with that of an annelid. Better known to you as an earthworm.
Colonel Denny Malloy: That's terrific, I'm delighted for you.
Dr. Mazi: The result is quite extraordinary . The bones of the body disintegrate without affecting the nervous system or the vital organs until the victim is, as near as can be, an earthworm.
Colonel Denny Malloy: You're out of your mind, man, that's impossible.
Dr. Mazi: Really? Then I suggest you pay another visit to the cellar. There you will see now my colleague. He's quite harmless - only rather repulsive.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
MusicPaul Glass
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyLeonard J. South  |  Lionel Lindon
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorSam Vitale  |  David Rawlins
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  David H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego  |  Lester William Berke
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Executive Story ConsultantGerald Sanford
Assistant To The ProducerAnthony Redman
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Logan Elston  |  Phil Bandierle
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