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.


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


(short story "Camera Obscura"), (teleplay) | 2 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
... Edgar Allan Poe (segment "Quoth the Raven")
... Mr. Gingold (segment "Camera Obscura")
... Agatha Howard (segment "Cool Air")
... William Sharsted (segment "Camera Obscura") (as René Auberjonois)
... Dr. Juan Munos (segment "Cool Air")
Beatrice Kay ... Mrs. Gibbons (segment "Cool Air")
... Abel Joyce (segment "Camera Obscura")
... Charles Crowley (segment "Cool Air") (as Larry Blake)
... Old Lamplighter (segment "Camera Obscura")
... Amos Drucker (segment "Camera Obscura")
Karl Lukas ... Iceman (segment "Cool Air")
Philip Kenneally ... Sanderson - Driver (segment "Camera Obscura") (as Phillip Kenneally)
... 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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Quoth the Raven" takes place in 1845. See more »


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


Version of Necronomicon: Book of Dead (1993) See more »

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Cold Places & Hearts
11 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

'Cool Air' - Barbara Rush plays a woman who pays a visit to a colleague of her late fathers only to find him in a peculiar state: while charming, he insists on staying in his refrigerated apartment for undisclosed reasons, though of course she will discover the chilling truth. Another first-rate H.P. Lovecraft adaptation is quite memorable.

'Camera Obscura' - Rene Auberjonois plays a cold-hearted money lender who gets a harsh punishment while trying to collect from a Mr. Gingold(played by Ross Martin) who owns a most obscure and deadly toy... Harsh tale indeed is superbly acted and directed, with much striking imagery, though morally dubious when carefully considered afterwords.

'Quoth The Raven' - No way to treat this masterful Poe Poem. Nevermore indeed!

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