Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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Cool Air/Camera Obscura/Quoth the Raven 

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 Allan Poe can't get the first line down on paper.


John Badham (as John M. Badham), Jeff Corey | 1 more credit »


Basil Copper (short story "Camera Obscura"), Jack Laird (teleplay) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Marty Allen ... Edgar Allan Poe (segment "Quoth the Raven")
Ross Martin ... Mr. Gingold (segment "Camera Obscura")
Barbara Rush ... Agatha Howard (segment "Cool Air")
Rene Auberjonois ... William Sharsted (segment "Camera Obscura") (as René Auberjonois)
Henry Darrow ... Dr. Juan Munos (segment "Cool Air")
Beatrice Kay ... Mrs. Gibbons (segment "Cool Air")
Arthur Malet ... 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 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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Release Date:

8 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?


Per the title, the camera obscura or dark chamber is an optical device used, for example, in drawing or for entertainment. It is one of the inventions leading to photography. 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 (2006) See more »

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Two of the Very Best Episodes of the Series!
11 June 2014 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Another Lovecraft episode finds Henry Darrow putting off death by maintaining a level of cold in his apartments. Unfortunately, he is at the mercy of an aging refrigeration device that runs non-stop. The poor man has lost his wife and begins a relationship with a beautiful young woman who is willing to come to his rooms and dine with him He tells her of his experiments and the necessity for him to remain in this frigid environment. Sadly, one day the thing stops working and the temperature begins to rise. He calls the young woman and she desperately tries to find someone to fix it. This is a terrifying tale and the acting is excellent.

Also outstanding, is the second story, "Camera Obscura." Ross Martin, playing a kindly old man, is visited by a loan shark, played by Rene Auberjunois. The guy is only interested in assuring Martin that he will be ready to pay off his usurious loan the following Monday. We find out this man and his father before him are incredibly heartless, not caring what happens to those they destroy financially. Martin who is quite rich, with masterpieces of art on his walls, goes to bat for a friend of his who is about to be done in by Auberjunois. He is unyielding, though Martin makes it clear he has an opportunity to be compassionate. During the visit, Martin shows the shark a camera that can look back in time. After all this, he excuses himself and tells Martin that he had better have the money. As he retreats, he goes out a back doorway, and finds himself years in the past. Now he must confront the evil he and his father have done.

"Quoth the Raven" has Marty Allen, a comedian I never found funny, playing Edgar Allen Poe with writer's block. Nothing much here.

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