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Night Gallery: Last Rites for a Dead Druid

A wife brings home a sculpture of a druid which bears a marked resemblance to her husband, and he soon begins to suspect that the statue is stalking him.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x53
Production Number: 34318
Airdate: Wednesday January 26th, 1972

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Teleplay: Alvin Sapinsley

Guest Stars
Bill BixbyBill Bixby
As Bruce Tarraday
Carol LynleyCarol Lynley
As Jenny Tarraday
Donna DouglasDonna Douglas
As Mildred McVane

Co-Guest Stars
Ned GlassNed Glass
As Mr. Bernstein
Janya BranntJanya Brannt
As Marta
Main Cast
Episode Notes
Based loosely on the short story "Out of the Eons" by Hazel Heald. Its variances from the source were so extreme, it was ultimately deemed an original teleplay.

Episode Quotes
Host: To those amongst you with a predilection toward antique collection or the occasional bargain hunting that takes place in out-of-the-way nooks and stalls, this painting suggests a certain required wariness when it comes to your shopping. Because there are moments when, behind some dusty book or in a cobwebbed corner of an ancient vestibule, you'll uncover a little objet d'art which can horrify the heck out of you. Such being the case in this painting, when a lady goes junking about and uncovers a mythological statue that has lived past its time and intrudes on hers. We call the painting The Last Rites for a Dead Druid.

Bruce Tarraday: It seems he practiced sorcery, and the religious ceremonies of his particular order were purely satanic. The worshipers followed their leader's habit of debauchery and rapine - as well as sacrifices both animal and human - on equinox hill celebrations. He maintained his primacy among his order of fellow murderers and immoralists by the power of turning any would-be attackers into stone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScorePaul Glass
Film EditorLarry Lester  |  David Rawlins
SoundJohn R. Carter  |  David H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego  |  Lester William Berke
Production AssociateAnthony Redman  |  Herbert Wright
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle  |  Logan Elston
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