In Steven Spielberg’s directorial debut, Joan Crawford portrays Claudia Menlo, a wealthy blind woman who buys the “eyes” of a poor gambler in the hopes that a new experimental surgery will enable her to see for the first time.
You’ve got to hand it to the lady-she really had star power. Shes brilliant in this.
The first time I heard the word abortionist on TV. I’m a bit surprised that NBC allowed that on their network at the time.
This story is kind of true to form because there was a huge black out Nov. 9 th 1965
Um, what about termincal cases? Great donors. Anyways, blah.
Rod originally wrote this story for his 1967 novella trilogy, “The Season to Be Wary”.
OMG… JOAN CRAWFORD !.
Spielberg knew (back then) that shaking the camera, too close close-ups, zoom-in/pan left, shake, pan right/zoom out, 0.7-1.3 scene changes, distracted the audience and wanted them to change the channel. He knew that the audience wanted to look into the actors eyes, and wanted to see the actor acting–NOT how the film editor & cameraman flunked film school! Directors could (re)learn from him.
@jeffeastwood15 Thanx MOM LOL
@timm55 When Bette Davis made All About Eve, she had just turned 42, NOT 50. Please get your facts straight in the future.
damn…she could scream like a banshee
Love this episode!
wow, Serling, Speilberg, and Crawford, one of those weird combos that happen sometimes, very excellent indeed
@judyrusso This was actually a TV movie pilot of the television series _”Night Gallery” (1970)_ , Rod Serling introduces three separate paintings, each with its own story of uncanny vengeance against evil to tell. The first is THE CEMETERY starring Roddy McDowall. The second is EYES starring Joan Crawford. The last one is THE ESCAPE ROUTE starring Richard Kiley and Sam Jaffe. Also, this series was a spin-off from THE TWILIGHT ZONE series.
@judyrusso This was actually a TV movie pilot of the television series _”Night Gallery” (1970)_ , Rod Serling introduces three separate paintings, each with its own story of uncanny vengeance against evil to tell. The first is THE CEMETERY starring Roddy McDowall. The second is EYES starring Joan Crawford. The last one is THE ESCAPE ROUTE starring Richard Kiley and Sam Jaffe.
“This one Joan’s and Spielbergs best works.”
Essa série era uma das minhas preferidas e eu não perdia um capítulo se quer!
I guess ol’ Claudia rolled herself a pair of snake eyes. :-/
@judyrusso I agree, but it wasn’t as good as One step beyond, imho.
Spielberg was forbidden to change a single word in the script, and with his first tv production, made the single best show in the series, and an artistic milestone. When I saw the “I want to SEE” sequence I realized I was witnessing something important, a technique to rival the Odessa Steps sequence.
Problem with these shows that were ahead of their time is people back then were not smart enough for them…
I want to see something! Trees! Concrete! Buildings! Grass! Airplanes! COLOR!!!! Almost 40 years later that scene STILL gives me chills!
Crawford is magnificent. And Spiegelburg gives a fluid, almost expressionistic direction to the proceedings (notice the freeze frames back and forth on Claudia suggesting something will go wrong. You wish he had continued this style later in his career–so stylish and suspenseful. Matheson writes a great script. Again, the best NG episodes hinge on irony–this is no different.
Why not just one eye?