Night Gallery: Season 2, Episode 12

Cool Air/Camera Obscura/Quoth the Raven (8 Dec. 1971)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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A Gothic love story about a woman and a man who lives in a refrigerated apartment./Miserly banker Sharsted finds himself trapped after viewing his client's strange optical device./Edgar Allen Poe can't even get the first line down on paper.


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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Gingold (segment "Camera Obscura")
Agatha Howard (segment "Cool Air")
William Sharsted (segment "Camera Obscura") (as René Auberjonois)
Beatrice Kay ...
Mrs. Gibbons (segment "Cool Air")
Abel Joyce (segment "Camera Obscura")
Larry J. Blake ...
Charles Crowley (segment "Cool Air") (as Larry Blake)
Milton Parsons ...
Old Lamplighter (segment "Camera Obscura")
Brendan Dillon ...
Amos Drucker (segment "Camera Obscura")
Karl Lukas ...
Iceman (segment "Cool Air")
Philip Kenneally ...
Sanderson - Driver (segment "Camera Obscura") (as Phillip Kenneally)
John Barclay ...
William Sharsted Sr. (segment "Camera Obscura")


A woman falls in love with a man who has a rare disease that makes it so that he can't be exposed to warm temperatures. A greedy moneylender gets his just desserts with the help of a mysterious telescopic device that belongs to his latest client. Edgar Allan Poe ends up in a moment of writer's block.

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8 December 1971 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


Sharsted tells Gingold he doesn't have much interest in photography. In real life, actor Rene Auberjonois is a highly accomplished photographer who has had his work exhibited in galleries worldwide. See more »


When Edgar Allan Poe (Marty Allen) writes his name, we see that he misspells his middle name "Allen." See more »


Version of Cool Air (1999) See more »

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Fine treatment of an unusual Lovecraft story
8 January 2009 | by (Flagstaff, AZ) – See all my reviews

This was one of my favorite episodes of a generally uneven but watchable classic series from 1970s TV. "Cool Air" as written by Rod Serling takes a number of liberties with H.P. Lovecraft's original tale, not the least of which is substituting a female visitor (capably played by Barbara Rush) to the enigmatic rooming house boarder Dr. Munoz, in place of the male fellow renter who meets and befriends his mysterious neighbor via a medical emergency. However, in spite of the the artistic license, the story is well written and well acted; veteran TV character actor Henry Darrow does a nice job as Munoz, though he's not exactly as I would have pictured him from the Lovecraft story. He seems younger, and his voice is a bit too lively and vibrant. Also, in light of Munoz' unique physical malady, it's rather odd to see him sipping coffee or tea at dinner with Rush's character. All in all, though, the story is beautifully filmed and paced, and the haunting acoustic guitar soundtrack provides a very moody backdrop to the gradual eerie build-up to the horrific climax.

This story was redone about 10 years ago as part of the "H.P. Lovecraft Collection" with another veteran actor, Jack Donner, playing Dr. Munoz much closer to how I would have visualized him. The story is very faithful to the original tale, with the main character once again a male (and apparently meant to be a surrogate Lovecraft). Nevertheless, the Night Gallery version is very well done and well worth the watch.

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