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Night Gallery: Spectre in Tap-Shoes

A woman hears the continuing tap dancing of her recently deceased twin sister who committed suicide.

Episode Info

Episode number: 3x4
Production Number: 35228
Airdate: Sunday October 29th, 1972

Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Story: Jack Laird
Teleplay: Gene R. Kearney

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Special Guest Stars

Guest Stars
Sandra Dee
As Millicent / Marion Hardy
Dane Clark
As William Jason

Co-Guest Stars
Michael Laird
As Michael
Stuart Nisbet
As Policeman
Russell Thorson
As Dr. Coolidge
Michael Richardson
As Andy (Mailman)
Main Cast


Millicent Hardy returns to the home that she shares with her twin sister, Marion, who runs a dance studio upstairs while Millicent runs the antique store downstairs. As she unlocks the door, Millicent notices that the mail and milk haven’t been picked up in several days. Going inside, Millicent discovers that the house is a mess and the cat hasn’t been fed. As she checks the house, Millicent hears music and the sound of tap shoes from the studio. Going upstairs, she finds her sister Marion... hanging by her neck from the rafters...

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Episode Quotes
Host: Good evening, and a cordial welcome. For you aficionados of the arts, we offer you paintings that run the gamut of the human experiences - and a few of the inhuman experiences. Our paintings are in oils, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, and occasionally formaldehyde. Case in point, this painting here. It's called Spectre In Tap-Shoes, having to do with the nearly lost art of tap-dancing. Said terpsichorean pursuit taking on an intriguing dimension when the dancer happens to be a ghost, as is so often the case and the sort of thing that you view in the Night Gallery.

William Jason: Possibly in another house, you could be free of your sister's memory.
Millicent Hardy: Twins are never free of each other.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
ProducerJack Laird
Associate ProducerAnthony Redman  |  Burt Astor  |  Herbert Wright
MusicEddie Sauter
Music SupervisorHal Mooney
Costume DesignerBill Jobe
Set DecoratorSal Blydenburgh
Director of PhotographyGerald Perry Finnerman
Art DirectorJoseph Alves, Jr.
Main Title DesignWayne Fitzgerald
Film EditorSam Vitale
SoundRoger A. Parish
Assistant DirectorRalph Sariego
Unit ManagerBurt Astor
Editorial SupervisorRichard Belding
Gallery PaintingsThomas J. Wright  |  Phil Bandierle
Warning: Night Gallery season 3 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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