A patient (Ray Milland) at a mental hospital kills the head doctor and takes over, replacing the staff with fellow patients. Things get complicated when the niece (Claire Griswold) of the real doctor makes an unexpected visit.
#301 - S9E1 - September 27, 1963
Director: Herschel Daugherty
Writer: Robert Bloch (story and teleplay)
This was positively delightful! A real feel of Alice and the Mad Hatter.
I wondered throughout the hour how ever this could end up. The ending, sure enough, was a terrific twist that make logical sense in an quite an insane way.
Ray Milland was a hand surgeon in the Night Gallery episode "The Hand of Borgus Weems". He guest-starred in two episodes of Columbo, as a grieving widower in "Death Lends a Hand" (1971) and as the murderer in "The Greenhouse Jungle" (1972), and appeared in two Roger Corman pictures; the first was The Premature Burial (1962) – the third of Corman's 'Poe Cycle'. He followed this as Dr. Xavier in X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963). The third of these was his self-directed, apocalyptic science-fiction drama Panic in Year Zero! (1962).
Claire Griswold starred in the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Doll", and in the 77 Sunset Strip episode "Jennifer Grey".
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