Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 36

Camera Obscura

Aired Unknown Dec 08, 1971 on NBC
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Camera Obscura
A heartless moneylender gets his just desserts with the help of a client's unusual telescopic device.

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  • A very nasty money lender goes to collect money from an older gentleman with a very unusual machine that shows the future and the past as well as other weird events that can happen.moreless

    This is probably one of the very best Night Gallery episodes, so its well worth viewing. The episode has good acting performances especially by one of my favorite character tv actors and that is Ross Martin. The characters in the episode are well fleshed out and you really get a good glimpse at how bad the money lender actually is. Very creepy and has a great ending to boot. A flawless episode. There isnt a lot of scare/shock value, but thats not needed here: Just what you see around you is good enough to work in this episode. This episode features some really gross looking ghouls that are watching whats going on and is used in the opening of the regular episodes.moreless
Rene Auberjonois

Rene Auberjonois

William Sharsted

Guest Star

Arthur Malet

Arthur Malet

Abel Joyce

Guest Star

Milton Parsons

Milton Parsons

Old Lamplighter

Guest Star

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Host: We branch out a bit this evening and move a few feet away from the usual and get into the area of photography. Now, this painting here had best be viewed in a dark room, because it conjures up the ghostly, the ghastly, and the ghoulish. It tells the story about a very remarkable device that offers up a vision as things are, and a hellish vision of what they were and shall be. Our painting is called Camera Obscura.

    • Gingold: That may be business, Mr. Sharsted, but it is a far cry from humanity.
      Sharsted: Humanity, Mr. Gingold, applies to funeral eulogies and Valentine cards, not business.

    • Sharsted: My father was a most successful man.
      Gingold: At the art of backing people into a corner of despair, he was without peer.

    • Sharsted: Gingold! Gingold! I don't belong here, I swear to you! these aren't my kind. These are ghouls and graverobbers! Bloodsuckers and usurers! I don't belong here! Gingold! Gingold!
      Gingold: You're wrong, Mr. Sharsted. You're in your element.
      Sharsted: I'll reform!
      Gingold: With your colleagues and your peers. Damned and doomed for an eternity of the leech.
      Sharsted: Never mind the 300 pounds.
      Gingold: Oh no, Mr. Sharsted, too late for reprieve. Now you shall stumble and weep and swear along the alleys and squares and streets of your own private Hell!
      Sharsted: I'll reform! I'll change! Gingold! I'll change!
      Gingold: And you shall do for all eternity.

  • NOTES (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "Camera Obscura" by Basil Copper. This story was first published in the Herbert van Thal anthology The Sixth Pan Book of Horror Stories (1965).


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