One for the Angels

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"One for the Angels"
The Twilight Zone episode
Ed Wynn Twilight Zone 1959.jpg
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 2
Directed byRobert Parrish
Written byRod Serling
Featured musicStock (mostly from Bernard Herrmann's "Outer Space Suite")
Cinematography byJoseph La Shelle
Production code173-3608
Original air dateOctober 9, 1959
Guest appearance(s)
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"One for the Angels" is the second episode of the American anthology television series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on October 9, 1959 on CBS.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

Lou Bookman is a kindly sidewalk pitchman who sells and repairs toys, notions, and trinkets, and is adored by the neighborhood children. One day, Bookman is visited by Mr. Death, who tells him that he is to die at midnight of natural causes. Unable to dissuade Death, Bookman instead convinces him to wait until Bookman has made his greatest sales pitch: "one for the angels". Death agrees, and Bookman immediately announces he is retiring, smug that he has successfully cheated Death. Death concedes Bookman has found a loophole in their agreement, but warns Bookman that someone else now has to die in his place. Death chooses Maggie, a little girl who lives in Bookman's apartment building and is a friend of his.

Maggie is hit by a truck and falls into a coma; Death intends to be in her room at the stroke of midnight to claim her. Bookman begs Death to take him instead, but Death is adamant; a deal is a deal. Bookman gets out his wares and begins to eloquently boast one item after another, making the greatest sales pitch of his life—one so great that he entices Death himself. Death buys item after item and does not remember his appointment with Maggie until it is past midnight, when he has already missed it. When Maggie awakens, her doctor leaves the apartment and sees Bookman, assuring him that Maggie will live.

Death observes that by making that great sales pitch, Bookman has met the original terms of their deal. Now content and willing to accept his fate, Bookman packs his things and leaves with Death toward Heaven, remarking that "you never know who might need something up there". He looks to Death, adding hopefully, "Up there?" and Death replies, "Up there, Mr. Bookman. You made it."

Closing narration[edit]

Cast[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition)
  • 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
  • Sander, Gordon F. Serling: the rise and twilight of television's last angry man. New York: Penguin Books, 1992. ISBN 0-525-93550-9

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