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Night Gallery: The Academy

A man considers sending his son to a military academy with an unusual timetable for graduation.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x16
Production Number: 34305
Airdate: Wednesday October 06th, 1971

Director: Jeff Corey
Story: David Ely (2)
Teleplay: Rod Serling

  • Currently 6/10
6/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Pat Boone
As Mr. Holston

Guest Stars
Leif Erickson
As Director

Co-Guest Stars
Stanley Waxman
As Bradley
Ed Call
As Drill Instructor
Robert Gibbons
As Simmons (Gatekeeper)
E.A. Sirianni
As Chauffeur (George)
John Gruber
As Cadet
Main Cast


At the Glenda Lough Military School, a drill instructor puts students through endless drills. A widower, Holston, arrives by limo and goes to the office of the Director. After signing in, Holston meets with the Director and insists that his son Roger isn't a bad kid. He admits that his son has gotten into some trouble but he lacks motivation and discipline. The Director notes that no Mrs. Holston is listed, and Holston explains that his wife died in an accident. He's surprised to learn that the Director knows it was a boating accident, and the Director asks about the circumstances. Holston explains that his 10-year-old son was in a rowboat with his mother, and it capsized. He admits there were rumors, but the Director tells him that they aren't there to judge him, but to anticipate any emotional problems. Holston notes that the academy policy is to forbid home visits for one year, and the Director admits that it's necessary but parents are always welcome...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Academy" by David Ely. This story was first published in Playboy (June 1965).

Episode Quotes
Host: A small item for the pedagogues amongst you, a little something to be found in the drawer alongside the old school ties. Picture if you will, a very special school. Where the students don't matriculate, but rather are marooned. Where the scholars are not enrolled, but rather sentenced. The painting is called The Academy.

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
Film EditorDavid Rawlins  |  Larry Lester  |  Jean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  James R. Alexander (1)
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego  |  Lester William Berke
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Executive Story ConsultantGerald Sanford
Assistant To The ProducerAnthony Redman
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Logan Elston  |  Phil Bandierle
Warning: Night Gallery season 2 episode 16 guide may contain spoilers
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