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Night Gallery: The Ghost of Sorworth Place

Ralph Burke, an American traveler in Scotland, comes across Sorworth Place, a manor inhabited by an attractive but emotionally cold woman... and the ghost of her abusive husband.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x51
Production Number: 34317
Airdate: Wednesday January 19th, 1972

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8/10 (2 Votes cast)
Special Guest Stars
Jill Ireland
As Ann Loring

Guest Stars
Richard Kiley
As Ralph Burke

Co-Guest Stars
Mavis Neal Palmer
As Mrs. Ducker (as Mavis Neal)
Patrick O'Moore
As Mr. MacLeod
John D. Schofield
As Alistair Loring
Main Cast


An American hiker, Ralph Burke, is traveling through Scotland and gets lost. He finds himself at Sorworth Place, an isolated manor, and knocks at the door. The housekeeper, Mrs. Ducker, says that they don’t get strangers. The mistress of the house, Ann Loring, come to the door and greets Ralph, and warns him that there are no immediate inns or taverns. Mrs. Ducker warns Ann that night is coming and says that she has to be home for her husband Tom for supper. Ann gives Ralph directions to the closest town and he goes on his way as she closes the door behind him...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Sorworth Place" (also known as "Old Place of Sorworth") by Russell Kirk. The story was first published in London Mystery #14 (1952).

Episode Quotes
Host: A bit of gossamer and lace, as befits a beautiful woman. Fragile and ephemeral, in keeping with the soft mystery of the female. But to the gentlemen amongst you who like all your male predecessors since the beginning of time have been mystified and miffed by a female counterpart, this one's for you. A beautiful lady in a strange house, also inhabited, alas, by the Ghost of Sorworth Place.

Episode Goofs
You can see cars passing in the background as Ralph arrives at Sorworth Place, despite the fact it's supposed to be in an isolated part of Scotland.

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 ScoreLalo Schifrin
Film EditorLarry Lester  |  Robert Watts
SoundDavid H. Moriarty
Assistant DirectorLester William Berke
Production AssociateAnthony Redman  |  Herbert Wright
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Theme MusicGil Melle
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle  |  Logan Elston
Warning: Night Gallery season 2 episode 51 guide may contain spoilers
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