Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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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?


"The Boy Who Predicted Earthquakes" takes place from February 8, 1971 to August 1972. See more »


Features Island of Lost Souls (1932) See more »

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A repeating story over and over and your a monster just like me!
4 January 2013 | by blanbrnSee all my reviews

Just recently watched this Night Gallery episode and it was broken down into two segments the first one a recurring hitchhiker type story. It's all to common a man writes a script with him and a woman on a lonely road they pick up one another over and over. Is it a dream or is it a nightmare or a daydream. Second and most memorable is a short feature with legendary funny man(the now late Leslie Nielsen)as the phantom of the opera and of course his face looks a horrible mess. Yet the tale takes a strange twist he soon discovers his lovely lady underneath has a monster like face just as ugly. Overall nice little late night treat to watch to bring back memories of the golden TV era.

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