Night Gallery (1970–1973)
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The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes/Miss Lovecraft Sent Me/The Hand of Borgus Weems/Phantom of What Opera? 

A boy's gift for prophecy pressures him when he forecasts disaster. / A babysitter fears that the baby is a monster. / Peter Lacland asks a doctor to amputate his possessed hand. / A comic twist on "Phantom of the Opera."


John Badham (as John M. Badham), Gene R. Kearney (as Gene Kearney) | 1 more credit »


Rod Serling (teleplay), Margaret St. Clair (short story) | 4 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Constantine ... Wellman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Clint Howard ... Herbie Bittman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Joseph Campanella ... Father (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
Sue Lyon ... Betsy (segment "Miss Lovecraft Sent Me")
George Maharis ... Peter Lacland (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
Ray Milland ... Dr. Archibald Ravadon (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")
Leslie Nielsen ... The Phantom (segment "Phantom of What Opera?")
Bernie Kopell ... Reed (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Ellen Weston Ellen Weston ... Dr. Peterson (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
William Hansen William Hansen ... Mr. Godwin (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Gene Tyburn Gene Tyburn ... Floor Director (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Rance Howard ... Cameraman (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Rosary Nix Rosary Nix ... Secretary (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
John Donald John Donald ... Grip (segment "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes")
Joan Huntington Joan Huntington ... Susan Douglas (segment "The Hand of Borgus Weems")


Herbie is a very special boy. He has the ability to predict the near future. During the taping of a show where he advises the public of his predictions, he repeatedly insists he must go home. The studio heads talk him out of leaving, but Herbie remains uneasy. He tells his audience that tomorrow is going to be the beginning of a new and different world. Human beings are going to live as they were meant to live. Has he told the truth, or is he sparing mankind from the awful reality? Written by Christine Y Andrews

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Release Date:

15 September 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the introductory painting used for "The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes", artist Thomas J. Wright used his own child a the model for the painting. See more »


Spoofs Horror of Dracula (1958) See more »

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Predictions & Surprises
11 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

'The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes' - Clint Howard plays Herbie Bittman, a young boy who can predict future events, so long as there is a future to predict... Highly effective story with a knockout ending.

'Miss Lovecraft Sent Me' - Foolish waste of time, and not funny either.

'The Hand Of Borgus Weems' - A man believes that his hand is no longer his own, and will go to extreme lengths to get rid of it... Unoriginal but interesting tale has a good cast(like Ray Milland) at least.

'Phantom Of What Opera?' - Leslie Nielsen plays the phantom carrying off his reluctant love who has a secret herself... Hilarious segment may be the only one of its kind to work, but Nielsen's heavy mask breathing and surprise reveal make it a treat.

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