Dead Man's Shoes (The Twilight Zone)

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"Dead Man's Shoes"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 3
Episode 83
Directed by Montgomery Pittman
Written by

Charles Beaumont

OCee Rich (credited solely to Beaumont)
Produced by Buck Houghton
Featured music Stock from "The Fever"
Production code 4824
Original air date January 19, 1962
Guest actors

Warren Stevens: Nate Bledsoe
Richard Devon: Dagget
Joan Marshall: Wilma
Ben Wright: Chips
Harry Swoger: Sam
Ron Hagerthy: Ben
Florence Marly: Dagget's girlfriend
Joseph Mell: Jimmy
Eugene Borden: Maitre d' (uncredited)
Susie Garrett: Pianist (uncredited)
Robert McCord: Car Passenger (uncredited)
Frieda Rentie: Piano Player (uncredited)

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Dead Man’s Shoes” is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

This episode was remade in the first revival as “Dead Woman’s Shoes” and in the second revival as “Dead Man’s Eyes”. This makes it the only original episode to be remade in both revival series.

Mr. Serling's Opening Narration[edit]

Nathan Edward Bledsoe, of the Bowery Bledsoes, a man once, a specter now. One of those myriad modern-day ghosts that haunt the reeking nights of the city in search of a flop, a handout, a glass of forgetfulness. Nate doesn't know it but his search is about to end, because those shiny new shoes are going to carry him right into the capital of the Twilight Zone.

Plot[edit]

A homeless man, Nate Bledsoe, snatches a pair of shoes from the target of a mob hit dumped in an alley. Wearing the shoes infuses him with the personality and memories of the victim; he continues his life as the dead man. Nate stops by the home of the victim’s girlfriend, who recognizes his manner and kiss. Nate then goes to a bar to confront Dagget, the boss who had him killed. Dagget is at first unsettled, but then realizes who Nate is and has him gunned down. Before he dies, the spirit promises to return until he finishes Dagget off, vowing, “I’ll be back, Bernie, and I’ll keep coming back… again, and again.” The body (with shoes) is dumped in the same place the original victim was dumped, and another bum finds the corpse and steals the shoes, after putting them on a smile comes over his face…

Mr. Serling's Closing Narration[edit]

There's an old saying that goes, 'If the shoe fits, wear it.' But be careful. If you happen to find a pair of size nine black and gray loafers, made to order in the old country, be very careful. You might walk right into the Twilight Zone.

References[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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