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Night Gallery: Big Surprise

An old man challenges a group of boys to dig for buried treasure.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x25
Production Number: 34307
Airdate: Wednesday November 10th, 1971



  • Currently 6/10
6/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
John CarradineJohn Carradine
As Old Man Hawkins

Co-Guest Stars
Main Cast

Recap

Three schoolboys pass by an old farm, and the owner, Old Man Hawkins, calls them over. Two of the boys, Jason and Dan, dare Chris to come over. He reluctantly does so and Old Man Hawkins asks if he’s afraid. Chris insists that he doesn’t, and Old Man Hawkins suggests he go to an oak tree in a field, walk ten paces and dig down four feet. He assures Chris that he’ll find a great big surprise there. The old man cackles and Chris runs off to tell his friends...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Big Surprise" (also called "What Was in the Box") by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine (April 1959).



Episode Quotes
Host: Our painting reminds us that there’s a strange fascination with digging holes along side ancient oaks. You give the average man a shovel and an “X” on a map and the fantasies come thick and fast. Pirate gold, hidden Confederate treasure and sometimes the unexpected, and sometimes the unwelcome. Hence the title, Big Surprise.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorChester L. Bayhi  |  John M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyLionel Lindon
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorDavid Rawlins  |  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 25 guide may contain spoilers
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