Night Gallery

Season 2 Episode 17

Silent Snow, Secret Snow

Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1971 on NBC
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Silent Snow, Secret Snow
A boy's fascination with snow begins to draw him into a beautiful fantasy world.

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  • A haunting Night Gallery masterpiece!

    This was a haunting, classic episode of the Night Gallery Series. I've always been a fan of quality short story fiction, which is a dying art nowadays. This episode stands out. The sensitive portrayal of a young boy's decent into catatonic schizophrenia from the boy's point of view as his family watches on in frustrated horror, this is one of the most unique and special episodes of the entire series, and one of the most unique things I've ever seen on network television. The fact that it sticks out clearly in my memory after nearly forty years gives testimony to that. Night Gallery was an amazing series.moreless
  • A disturbed schoolboy retreats - permanently? - into a secret world in which snow seems to talk to him.

    Like Miss Smilla in the Peter Hoeg novel, young Paul has a feeling for snow - it has magical properties for him. The fall of snow brings something special into his existence, and its springtime departure is heartbreaking; he retreats into what seems to be catatonia. This extremely unusual "Night Gallery" episode (a second attempt by director Gene Kearney to dramatise Conrad Aiken's famous story) explains nothing and has few obvious dramatic highpoints; it depends on lyrical photography and, above all, on the narration, which takes us into Paul's mind. It was Kearney's great good fortune to obtain the services of Orson Welles for this. He does a wonderful job.moreless

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Host: For our last offering in the Night Gallery, a painting that brings to life a legendary classic from the pen of Conrad Aiken. Fragile, lovely, haunting. It's titled Silent Snow, Secret Snow.

    • Narrator: Just why this thing should have happened at all, or why it should have happened to him, Paul Haselman could not of course possibly have said, nor perhaps could it ever occur to him ask. It was really nothing, just an idea, so why it should have become so wonderful, so permanent to him, that was the mystery. It was pleasant, possibly foolish, but above all this thing was a secret and something to be preciously concealed.

    • Narrator: Even here, even among these hostile presences, the snow was waiting. Out of sight, with a voice that said, "Wait, Paul. Just wait till we're alone together. I will tell you something new, something cold, something sleepy, something of cease and peace, and the long bright curve of space. Banish them, refuse to speak. Go upstairs to your room. I will be waiting for you. I will tell you a story better than the Snow Ghost. I will surround your bed, pile a deep drift against the door so none will ever be able to enter."

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