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Night Gallery: The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes

The newly crowned heavyweight boxing champion has a match with an unlikely contender.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x11
Production Number: 35201
Airdate: Sunday January 07th, 1973

Special Guest Stars
Chuck ConnorsChuck Connors
As Roderick Blanco

Guest Stars
Gary LockwoodGary Lockwood
As Jim Figg
Joan Van ArkJoan Van Ark
As Sandra Blanco

Co-Guest Stars
Charles Davis (1)Charles Davis (1)
As Hayes
Ji-Tu CumbukaJi-Tu Cumbuka
As Big Dan Anger (as Ji-Tu Cumbuka)
James BaconJames Bacon
As 2nd Reporter
Frankie VanFrankie Van
As Referee
Main Cast
Stanley WaxmanStanley Waxman
voiced Announcer


Jim Figg has just soundly defeated Big Dan Anger for the heavyweight boxing championship. While celebrating with his manager, Figg is met in his dressing room by Anger, whose face Figg has just beaten to a bloody pulp. Anger tells Figg that he isn't the real champion, but Figg shrugs it off as sour grapes, and says that they'll talk rematch later. Seconds later, Figg's manager Max tells him that Anger was just rushed to the hospital for his injuries from the fight. Figg replies that's impossible as he just spoke to Big Dan not two minutes ago...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Ring with the Velvet Ropes" by Edward D. Hoch. This story was first published in the Robert L. Fish anthology With Malice Toward All (1968).

Episode Quotes
Host: Good evening. I might offer this small admonishment if you happen to be a purist in your judgment of art. These are not your ordinary canvases. You don't find Monet in a mausoleum or a van Gogh in a graveyard. This item here, commentative on what A.J. Liebling referred to as "the sweet science," obviously having something to do with the manly art of self-defense: boxing. But if the Marquis of Queensbury mayhem doesn't particularly turn you on, don't turn this off. This painting tells the story infinitely more intriguing than a couple of fast boys mixing it up. It's called The Ring with the Red Velvet Ropes, and it tells you the tale of precisely who is the real heavyweight boxing champion of the world -- and I think you'll be surprised. Surprise happens to be our stock-in-trade, because this is the Night Gallery.

Roderick Blanco: Bruises, breaks, blisters, and blood. Basics, let's deal with those, the prosaic approach.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Associate ProducerHerbert Wright  |  Anthony Redman  |  Burt Astor
MusicEddie Sauter
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorSal Blydenburgh
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorRobert F. Shugrue
SoundLyle Cain
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle
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