Night Gallery (1969–1973)
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The Diary/A Matter of Semantics/Big Surprise/Professor Peabody's Last Lecture 

A strange diary shows gossip columnist her sad future. / Dracula visits a blood bank with an odd request. / Hawkins the hermit promises a surprise to three boys if they dig for it. / Professor Peabody publicly ridicules Lovecraftian gods.


Rod Serling, Gene R. Kearney (as Gene Kearney) | 3 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patty Duke ... Holly Schaeffer (segment "The Diary")
Virginia Mayo ... Carrie Crane (segment "The Diary")
David Wayne ... Dr. Mill (segment "The Diary")
Cesar Romero ... Count Dracula (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
E.J. Peaker ... Nurse (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
John Carradine ... Mr. Hawkins (segment "Big Surprise")
Carl Reiner ... Professor Peabody (segment "Professor Peabody's Last Lecture")
Robert Yuro Robert Yuro ... Jeb Harlan (segment "The Diary")
James McCallion ... George (segment "The Diary")
Lindsay Wagner ... Nurse (segment "The Diary")
Floy Dean Floy Dean ... Receptionist (segment "The Diary")
Diana Chesney Diana Chesney ... Maid (segment "The Diary")
Monie Ellis Monie Ellis ... Candy-Striper (segment "A Matter of Semantics")
Vincent Van Patten ... Chris (segment "Big Surprise")
Marc Vahanian ... Jason (segment "Big Surprise")


A ruthless gossip columnist becomes the recipient of a mysterious diary that automatically writes down future events before they actually occur. Count Dracula visits a blood bank. An eccentric farmer promises a big surprise to a group of boys- if they dig for it. A college professor invokes the wrath of an angry god while delivering a lecture.

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10 November 1971 (USA) See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Professor Peabody's Last Lecture, each of the students' names corresponds to a horror genre writer. Mr. Lovecraft refers to H.P. Lovecraft, the creator of the Cthulu mythos to which the professor refers, Mr. Bloch to Robert Bloch, who wrote stores set in the Cthulu mythos but is probably better known to the general public as the author of the novel "Psycho" which was made into the classic Alfred Hitchcock film of the same name and Mr. Derleth refers to August Derleth, another writer of horror tales, but who is best known for preserving the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, by creating his own publishing house known as Arkham House (named after the mythical city of Arkham, Massachusetts, also referred to in the Professor's lecture, where a number of the Mythos stories took place) which reprinted all of Lovecraft's published stories and novels as well as several collections of his letters. See more »

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19 February 2008 | by john-579See all my reviews

I adored the Night Gallery and was very pleased to have recently gotten the complete series.

Many of the segments are, frankly, mediocre, but some are classically terrifying. The episode with Roddy McDowell as the nephew who kills his rich uncle and Ossie Davis as the butler, the episode with Carl Betz as the doctor, "Camera Obscura" with Rene Auberjonois and Ross Martin (taken directly from the short story of the same name), and many, many others: all of these were good for a night of keeping the lights on. It's both good and rather sad to see all these great actors we grew up with who've since passed on. ~sigh~ I just finished watching "Big Surprise" again. And it's still as frightening and funny as ever.

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