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Night Gallery: Lindemann's Catch

A pitiless fisherman falls in love with the mermaid that he's captured.


Episode Info


Episode number: 2x47
Production Number: 34316
Airdate: Wednesday January 12th, 1972

Director: Jeff Corey
Writer: Rod Serling


  • Currently 8.5/10
8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Stuart WhitmanStuart Whitman
As Captain Lindemann
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Jim BolesJim Boles
As Bennett
Recurring
Matt PeltoMatt Pelto
As Phineas
Recurring
Jack AransonJack Aranson
As Nichols (Dr. Mordecai Nichols)
John AldersonJohn Alderson
As Granger
Harry TownesHarry Townes
As Suggs (Abner Suggs)
Ed BakeyEd Bakey
As Ollie
Annabelle GarthAnnabelle Garth
As Mermaid (as Anabel Garth)
Main Cast

Recap

In a small New England fishing town, the sailors have gathered at the local tavern to commiserate after a hard day of fishing. They watch a ship sailing by and note that the captain is likely to sink his ship. A local fortuneteller, Abner Suggs, predicts the future and says the ship is doomed. The town doctor, Mordecai Nichols, asks if he ever predicts anything but disaster, and Suggs says he can only see what the cards tell. He offers to tell the doctor’s fortune in return for a brandy...

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Episode Quotes
Host: Ladies and gentlemen, good evening. We offer up, hopefully salutary, possible educative, but certainly a few terrifying little items in this, the mausoleum of the malignant. An art hour full of bogies, elves, pixies, bad fairies, and a few demoniac inhabitants, all put together for your titillation in what we call... the Night Gallery. Painting number one, having to do with fishermen and what they fish for. Or more specifically in this case, a fisherman and what he wasn't fishing for. What appeared in his net one afternoon defies, logic, reason, and belief. But there it was. Lindemann's Catch.

Captain Lindemann: Mr. Suggs, I have to live with the fog because it’s Hell’s blanket and it creeps up through the earth to bedevil seamen like me. There’s nothing I can do about that. And I I have to seal that leaky rat-catcher of mine because there’s not a damn thing on Heaven or Earth that can change that. And I’ll go out every freezing morning and come back every wind-screaming night with just enough in my net to keep me alive. Now all of that is my miserable lot, Mr. Suggs, and will be until God turns my sail into a shroud and throws me back into the sea. But what I don’t have to do is come in here night after night and look at that wormy little face of yours, and listen to all this bile of potions, palms, and tea leaves!

Nichols: Human? Three nights ago you said she was a finned and scaled nightmare, a monster. I'll tell you something, Captain, she's a little of both. But I'll tell you what she isn't: she's not a companion to man--any man. Give her back to the sea.



Episode Goofs
Suggs says that it's two bells, and that by seven bells, a miracle will occur. He then says that it will take five hours. A bell in nautical terms does not equate to an hour. There are eight bells, one each half-hour, during a four-hour standard watch.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorChester L. Bayhi  |  John M. Dwyer
Director of PhotographyCharles Straumer
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Music ScorePaul Glass
Film EditorLarry Lester  |  David Rawlins
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
Production AssociateAnthony Redman  |  Herbert Wright
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Logan Elston  |  Phil Bandierle
 
Warning: Night Gallery season 2 episode 47 guide may contain spoilers
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