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Night Gallery: The Painted Mirror

A man employs a strange mirror to do away with his mean-spirited business partner.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x40
Production Number: 34314
Airdate: Wednesday December 15th, 1971

  • Currently 7.5/10
7.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Zsa Zsa Gabor
As Miss Moore
Arthur O'Connell
As Frank Standish

Co-Guest Stars
Rosemary DeCamp
As Mrs. Chase (Ellen Chase)
Main Cast


Miss Moore has recently purchased a partnership in a thrift shop with Frank Standish. She has a new alarm installed and tries to work despite the noise from a nearby demolition site. Standish tries to work over the noise of the new alarm that is being installed, Miss Moore’s dog Pookie, and the album that the new owner has put on. A neighborhood woman, Ellen Chase, brings in a large package of items to sell. Standish takes her to the back room to share some tea and talk about days gone past. He notices that one of the items that she brought to sell, a mirror, has been painted over. Miss Chase explains that it’s been like that as long as she can remember, and leaves them both on consignment. Standish insists on giving her $10 and she accepts...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Painted Mirror" by Donald Wandrei. This story was first published in Esquire (May 1937).

Episode Quotes
Host: We all of us have a kind of fascination for mirrors. There’s a most appealing mystery to what’s on the other side of the looking-glass. And occasionally we turn into Alice. Our last selection in tonight’s gallery, a very special looking-glass, and it’s called The Painted Mirror.

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
Music ScorePaul Glass
Film EditorDavid Rawlins
SoundRoger A. Parish  |  David H. Moriarty
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 40 guide may contain spoilers
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