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Night Gallery: The Phantom Farmhouse

The mysterious death of a patient at a mental institution leads the presiding physician, Dr. Joel Winter, to track down a mysterious farmhouse. When he arrives there, he falls in love with Mildred, the beautiful woman who resides there with her parents, but he soon realizes she hides a dark secret.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x17
Production Number: 34306
Airdate: Wednesday October 20th, 1971



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4/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars
David McCallum
As Dr. Joel Winter
Linda Marsh
As Mildred Squire

Co-Guest Stars
Ivor Francis
As Pierre
Recurring
Bill Quinn (1)
As Dr. Tom
Recurring
Ford Rainey
As The Sheriff
Trina Parks
As Betty
Gail Bonney
As Mrs. Squire
Martin Ashe
As Mr. Squire
Ray Ballard
As Mr. Grouch
Frank Arnold
As Shepherd
Main Cast

Recap

At a countryside mental facility, the Delphinium House, several of Dr. Joel Winter’s patients have gathered for a session and listen to Gideon, another patient, play his guitar. One of the patients complains and Dr. Winter asks Gideon to eliminate the guitar. Gideon responds by casually smashing it. Dr. Winter accuses Gideon of keeping secrets, but Gideon refuses to talk about what he’s hiding. The sheriff arrives and informs Dr. Winter that they found a note at the site where his patient Mr. May was murdered. Dr. Winter confirms that Gideon wrote it, and they ask him why. The doctor wonders if Gideon wrote it because Mr. May was getting out and wanted to meet with Mildred, and the note gave directions. When Dr. Winter notes that Mr. May ever met Mildred, Gideon says that he and the other patients haven’t either, but they’re all in love with Mildred. Gideon suggests that Dr. Winter is in love with her as well, and says that Mildred Squire and her family live in an old-fashioned house just over the horizon. The sheriff asks if Mr. May was a friend of Gideon’s, and Gideon says that May was a scientist at a think tank and he hated him. However, he wants everyone to meet Mildred...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Phantom Farmhouse" by Seabury Quinn. This story was first published in Weird Tales (October 1923).



Episode Quotes
Host: Good evening. We offer you an evening's sojourn among the wild, the woolly, the unbelievable, sometimes made believable. As our first painting suggests. From this painting, one wouldn't necessarily conjure up a story of love. But that's precisely what it tells about. An emotion as old as Man. But the object of the emotion, this is not quite as familiar. It's title, Phantom Farmhouse, offering number one in the Night Gallery.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
MusicOliver Nelson
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorChester L. Bayhi  |  John M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorLarry Lester  |  Jean-Jacques Berthelot
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  David H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorLester 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 17 guide may contain spoilers
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