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Night Gallery: The Late Mr. Peddington

A mortician meets a very cost conscious-client who needs an otherwise routine burial for her husband.

Episode Info
Episode number: 2x48
Production Number: 34316
Airdate: Wednesday January 12th, 1972

Director: Jeff Corey
Story: Frank Sisk
Teleplay: Jack Laird

Guest Stars
Harry MorganHarry Morgan
As Thaddeus Conway
Kim HunterKim Hunter
As Cora Peddington

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast


Mortician Thaddeus Conway meets a new client, Mrs. Cora Peddington, who is shopping for the most cost efficient funeral she can afford. Mrs. Peddington explains that she has to economize under the terms of her late husband's will. The will stipulates that the widow must live on the value of her husband's life insurance policy, $2,000, for two years before she can inherit the remainder of his estate. The life insurance policy has a double indemnity clause that increases the value to $4,000 if the cause of death was accidental...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Flat Male" by Frank Sisk.

Episode Quotes
Host: A dead man splattered on a concrete walk. Not the most appetizing of scenes and not the pleasantest of stories. But if you're interested remotely in homey homicides, this may be your bag. We call it The Late Mr. Peddington.

Conway: As to burial attire, do you wish to supply it or would you prefer to leave it to our discretion?
Mrs. Peddington: Why not let him go as he is?
Conway: Why my good woman, it's never done; whatever the poor man was wearing when he fell is probably all rumpled!
Mrs. Peddington: Probably a bloody mess, no earthly good to any one else. So let him take it with him. Adam would really like the economics of that; he hated waste.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer  |  Chester L. Bayhi
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorDavid Rawlins  |  Larry Lester
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
Production AssociateAnthony Redman  |  Herbert Wright
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Logan Elston  |  Phil Bandierle
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