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Night Gallery: The Messiah on Mott Street

A dying Jewish grandfather teaches his grandson Mikey about the coming of the Messiah, who is capable of delivering miracles. Mikey goes out seeking the Messiah to bring him to save his grandfather.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x39
Production Number: 34314
Airdate: Wednesday December 15th, 1971

Director: Don Taylor (1)
Writer: Rod Serling

Special Guest Stars
Yaphet KottoYaphet Kotto
As Buckner

Guest Stars
Edward G. RobinsonEdward G. Robinson
As Abraham Goldman
Edward G. RobinsonEdward G. Robinson
As Abraham Goldman

Co-Guest Stars
John J. FoxJohn J. Fox
As Street Santa
Joseph RuskinJoseph Ruskin
As Fanatic
Ricky PowellRicky Powell
As Mikey Goldman
Anne Taylor (2)Anne Taylor (2)
As Miss Moretti
Anne Taylor (2)Anne Taylor (2)
As Miss Moretti
Main Cast


It’s Christmas Eve, and Dr. Levine pays a house call on an elderly patient, Abraham Goldman, who lives in a tenement on Mott Street. He starts to warn Goldman about his condition, and Goldman talks about how he grew up with Levine’s father. The old man talks about his brother, Sam, who lives in California and has sent a letter saying that he’s selling off his land for a million dollars and will then send the money he owes. Levine says that Goldman’s health is an issue and recommends hospitalization. Goldman refuses to leave and abandon his nine-year-old grandson Mikey, whose parents are dead. Levine asks what to tell the Angel of Death, saying that he’s just outside. Goldman says that he’ll spit in the Angel’s eye because Mikey is all he has, and proclaims that the Messiah will come...

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Episode Quotes
Host: Good evening. Of course you're all here by invitation, but don't let it disturb you if these paintings, per se, don't happen to be your thing. These are rather special paintings, the kind of hangings generally put up with a noose. This painting, for example, is of a rather special world, what has become perpetuated in the language as the ghetto--that dismal realm of pushcarts and poverty where hopes are stamped down like dirty shoes on snow. Death is a commonplace visitor to these somber alleys... but occasionally someone else visits. Our painting is called The Messiah on Mott Street, and this place, should you not already know it, is the Night Gallery.

Abraham Goldman: Who's the Messiah? He's the messenger from God. Any moment he will appear, looming big and black against the sky, striking down our enemies and lifting us up to health and wealth and Heavenly contentment... and fix our digestions, too. And supply me with a new set of teeth.

Abraham Goldman: Who's in here? I know who it is. I know who it is, I tell you. I have a message for you, you snuffer out of candles, you wholesaler in the coffin business. I know who you are! And your unseen face, I tell you, I'm not ready for the Angel of Death. You I'm not ready for. Take that back to the cemetery with you. My pulse still beats, my eyes still see. The flesh still warm, and my heart... you mumzer from a mausoleum, my heart still loves! What? Peace, you offer me. You can have that peace, peace of the grave. No, no thank you. Rest? No cares? Well, ll take the cares and the woes and the aggravation, and yes, and the pain. Listen, Angel! Go down to Argentina, look for Hitler. Goldman is not ready! My child is out there, the son of my son, the thing I love. Would I be able to caress him and fondle him and love him, lying in a box?

Buckner: Every now and then, God remembers the tenements.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer  |  Chester L. Bayhi
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScorePaul Glass
Film EditorJean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  David H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Executive Story ConsultantGerald Sanford
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle
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