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Night Gallery: Big Surprise

An old man challenges a group of boys to dig for buried treasure.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x25
Production Number: 34307
Airdate: Wednesday November 10th, 1971

Guest Stars
John CarradineJohn Carradine
As Old Man Hawkins
John CarradineJohn Carradine
As Old Man Hawkins

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast


Three schoolboys pass by an old farm, and the owner, Old Man Hawkins, calls them over. Two of the boys, Jason and Dan, dare Chris to come over. He reluctantly does so and Old Man Hawkins asks if he’s afraid. Chris insists that he doesn’t, and Old Man Hawkins suggests he go to an oak tree in a field, walk ten paces and dig down four feet. He assures Chris that he’ll find a great big surprise there. The old man cackles and Chris runs off to tell his friends...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Big Surprise" (also called "What Was in the Box") by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (April 1959).

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorChester L. Bayhi  |  John M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorDavid Rawlins  |  Jean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  James R. Alexander (1)
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
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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