Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Pickman's Model/The Dear Departed/An Act of Chivalry 

Lovelorn Mavis Goldsmith ignores her reclusive art teacher Pickman's warning not to follow him home. / A fake fortune-telling racket is disrupted by adultery. / When a woman enters an elevator, a ghoul is asked to remove his hat.


Jeff Corey, Jack Laird


Alvin Sapinsley (teleplay), H.P. Lovecraft (short story) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bradford Dillman ... Richard Upton Pickman (segment "Pickman's Model")
Louise Sorel ... Mavis Goldsmith (segment "Pickman's Model")
Steve Lawrence ... Mark Bennett aka 'Radha Ramadi' (segment "The Dear Departed")
Maureen Arthur ... Angela Casey (segment "The Dear Departed")
Harvey Lembeck ... Joe Casey (segment "The Dear Departed")
Donald Moffat ... Uncle George (segment "Pickman's Model")
Jock Livingston Jock Livingston ... Larry Rand (segment "Pickman's Model")
Joshua Bryant ... Eliot Blackman (segment "Pickman's Model")
Joan Tompkins Joan Tompkins ... Mrs. DeWitt (segment "Pickman's Model")
Patricia Donahue ... Mrs. Harcourt (segment "The Dear Departed")
Stanley Waxman ... Horace Harcourt (segment "The Dear Departed")
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Hugo (segment "The Dear Departed")
Steve Carlson Steve Carlson ... Policeman (segment "The Dear Departed")
Deidre Hall ... Blonde (segment "An Act of Chivalry") (as Deidre Hudson)
Ron Stein Ron Stein ... Spectre (segment "An Act of Chivalry")


A woman discovers the shocking secret behind the art work of a reclusive artist. A car accident leads to bad luck for a phony spiritualist and his partner's cheating wife. A ghoul is asked to remove its hat when a woman boards an elevator.

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Release Date:

1 December 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Make-up artists Leonard Engelman and John Chambers used the original mold for the Creature from the Black Lagoon to make the arms and legs of the monster in Pickman's Model. See more »


Version of Pickman's Model (2012) See more »

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The Dear Departed
22 March 2011 | by stones78See all my reviews

This interesting little segment revolves around the strange act of the séance to help those reunite with deceased loved ones, and the ones who are running these ceremonies are bilking their customers. The leader, and the one these poor folks pay good money to, is played by a slick Steve Lawrence(I never knew he acted), who knows how to tug at the purse strings. I have to admit, the first séance proved very effective as the whole scene was very creepy, especially the floating tambourine and dummy head(made to look like a young girl)in the dark room. Soon after, we see Joe(Harvey Lembeck) accidentally smoking a cigar as he enters the room, and Mark(Lawrence)makes a gesture for him to put it out; this lets us know that the whole thing is a scam. It's also knowledge that the handsome Mark and Joe's quirky wife(Maureen Arthur)have eyes for each other, but Joe's in the way. Mark insists he needs Joe to operate the cables to make the scam appear real for the paying customers, so he's at odds with Angela on why Joe needs to stay. The next scene has the 3 at a restaurant, and they convince Joe to go to the movies alone(I'm not 100% certain that's why he leaves), and as he's out, he gets hit by a car or truck and is killed. Mark has a mixed reaction, but now the 2 are together, and plan to go on with the scam without the talents of Joe, which turns out to be a big mistake.

Mark and Angela conduct another seance, yet this turns out rather sloppy, as Joe's absence(is he really absent?)is obvious and mistakes are made. Angela doesn't have the behind the scenes skills as her late husband once did. As it turns out, Mark calls for a spirit, but surprisingly, the spirit is Joe; he's surrounded by green light and mist. During an earlier conversation in the episode between Mark and Joe, they spoke of being partners for a long time and scam their way to a small fortune. Now, Joe(as a spirit)taunts Mark and insists he'll be with him forever, no matter what. This episode begins and ends with creepy scenes, with not much filler in between. I recommend this short episode, as it's one of the solid ones from Night Gallery's best season.

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