An adaptation of Poe’s “The Cask of Amontillado,” this vignette is another that ain’t exactly a disaster. Review of Night Gallery story “The Merciful” is reviewed here.
“The Merciful” **
Teleplay by Jack Laird, Story by Charles L. Sweeney Jr.
Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
Imogene Coca as the Wife
King Donovan as the Husband
An old woman (Imogene Coca) builds a brick wall to seal her husband (King Donovan) who is apparently terminally ill, in a small room. “Makes sense to not to be eaten up by the pain,” she tells him soothingly. “It’s so easy this way. Once the wall gets sealed, there’s nothing to do but lean back,” she adds.
After the wall is complete, the doorbell rings. The man gets up and climbs the stairs we had not seen in order to answer it. It’s a surprising and moderately amusing ending, better than the many groaners these blackout sketches produced.