Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 18

Dead Man's Shoes (19 Jan. 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" Dead Man's Shoes (original title)

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A homeless man takes the shoes of a dead gangster and steps into his life.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe
Richard Devon ...
Joan Marshall ...
Ben Wright ...
Harry Swoger ...
Ron Hagerthy ...
Florence Marly ...
Dagget's Girlfriend (as Florence Marley)
Joseph Mell ...
Jimmy (as Joe Mell)


When a hobo finds a dead man lying dead in a city alley, he decides to take his shoes, a pair of rather spiffy-looking loafers. In putting them on however, he becomes the dead man. He returns to his apartment, to his girlfriend's shock and more importantly, he knows who killed him. The dead man is also out for revenge and it seems nothing will be able to stop him. Written by garykmcd

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19 January 1962 (USA)  »

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When Nate first encounters the body in the alley and takes the corpse's pulse, the dead victim's fingers move. See more »


Narrator: [closing narration] 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.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Eyes (2002) See more »

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If the Shoe Fits, Don't Wear It
26 June 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Grubby transient (Warren Stevens) steals flashy shoes from dead man named Dane. Trouble is, these are size 9's from the twilight zone, which have the magical effect of replacing weak, cringing persona of the transient with strong, criminal personality of the dead man. This sets up interesting sequence in which Dane now occupies Stevens' body, and returns to old haunts to unnerve mistress and gang rival, who hear Dane but see stranger. Fun to watch icy mistress (Joan Marshall) gradually come unglued.

Neat idea, but filmed in straightforward style that adds little to the plot. Stevens does convincing job of altering personality whenever the shoes fit. Good script, even though climactic office scene is disappointing. On the whole, a solid entry.

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