Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 25

Professor Peabody's Last Lecture

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 1971 on NBC
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Professor Peabody's Last Lecture
While debunking ancient cults, an academic unwisely scoffs at the wrong god.

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  • Don't mess with the Cthulhu Mythos!

    A very simple joke, and fortunately not over-extended. Most of the allegedly comic blackout sketches used to fill up "Night Gallery" segments were terrible, but this one, in which a supercilious academic pours scorn on Lovecraftian notions of the dark gods of Cthulhu only to stimulate them to highly characteristic vengeance, is rather funny. One notes that Professor Peabody's students all bear the surnames of famous horror writers, but the emphasis isn't on them but on the Prof's increasingly nervous sarcasm as thunderclouds roll in the sky outside his lecture-hall. Carl Reiner gives a tour-de-force performance. If the sketch were to be remade today, could Professor Richard Dawkins be persuaded to take over the part?moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Professor Peabody: Lord of the R'lyeh, Cthulhu. Every time I pronounce that name, I'm tempted to say "Gesundheit!"

    • Host: Our final offering - a study in depth of a gentleman from the academe, seen here at the lectern delivering a most scholarly treatise. This particular class, I don't think you'd want to cut. The painting's title - Professor Peabody's Last Lecture.

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    • Famous Writers The three students addressed by name in this episode are named after famous writers of outré fiction.

      Mr. Bloch: Robert Bloch (1917 - 1994), science fiction, horror and mystery writer, best known as the author of Psycho. He was mentored by H.P. Lovecraft.

      Mr Derleth August Derleth (1909 – 1971), author of science fiction, mystery and Gothic horror stories. He was a colleague of Lovecraft and became his literary executor and continuant after 1937. He founded Arkham House, a publishing company dedicated to keeping the works of H.P. Lovecraft and other authors of similar stories in print.

      Miss Heald: Lovecraft wrote some of his works under the pen name of Hazel Heald.

      Mr. Lovecraft: Howard Phillips (H.P.) Lovecraft (1890 – 1937), author of the Cthulhu Mythos stories which are the source material for this episode.

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