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Night Gallery: Little Girl Lost

When a scientist on a top-secret project deludes himself into believing his daughter is still alive, the military assign a man to perpetuate the delusion so he'll complete his work.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x62
Production Number: 34322
Airdate: Wednesday March 01st, 1972

Director: Timothy Galfas
Story: E.C. Tubb
Teleplay: Stanford Whitmore

Special Guest Stars
William WindomWilliam Windom
As Professor Putman

Guest Stars
Ed NelsonEd Nelson
As Tom Burke

Co-Guest Stars
Ivor FrancisIvor Francis
As Cottrell (Dr. Charles Cottrell)
John LasellJohn Lasell
As Colonel Hawes

Sandy WardSandy Ward
As Irate Man
Main Cast


At a military facility, staff members watch Professor Putnam go through a routine of taking care of an invisible girl. The staff members explain to an Air Force pilot, Tom Burke, that Putnam lost his daughter Jenny in a hit-and-run accident six months ago, and the driver was never identified. Since then, he has been acting strangely. Colonel Hawes, the man in charge, explains that Putnam has sympathy for the afflicted, and figures that he’ll sympathize with Burke, who has an aluminum leg due to an ejection seat accident. Putnam doesn’t trust anyone on the staff. Burke demands to know what he's doing, and the colonel explains that Putnam was working on a top-secret project involving the safety of the country. Since Jenny died, Putnam has stopped working and insists he doesn't want to work at the base because it's the wrong place to raise a young girl. They want Burke to not only protect Putnam, but become his friend and keep him happy...

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Episode Quotes
Host: Our next painting on Night Gallery tells the story of an illusion. An invisible specter, which guides and motivates and drives. And though you'll never see her, this childish wraith, you'll know she's there. And we venture to suggest that you'll be chilled by the knowledge. Our painting is called Little Girl Lost.

Dr. Charles Cottrell: Can a man remain a genius when his mind is clouded by delusion?

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorJohn M. Dwyer  |  Chester L. Bayhi
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScoreEddie Sauter
Film EditorBud Hoffman  |  Larry Lester
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorLester William Berke  |  Ralph Sariego
Production AssociateHerbert Wright  |  Anthony Redman
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle  |  Logan Elston
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