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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


Wilma: Well, what'll it be?
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: What'll it be? What do I always have?
Wilma: I don't know what you always have, mister, I really don't.
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: Try tequila - with a cube of sugar.
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Gangster's soul seeks revenge.
9 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

For me this one lives in the shadow of the 1985 reworking that starred Helen Mirren called 'Dead Woman's Shoes'. The original is a fair fantasy about a homeless man who takes on the personae of a dead mobster. Warren Stevens is more convincing when acting as the mobster's personality whose shoes are now literally filled by the homeless guy. The first transformation is gradual, but after meeting the dead man's girlfriend ,Wilma (Joan Marshall), the shoes cause instant changing when taken off and put back on. The fact that he doesn't look like the dead man puts him in a strong position to go out for revenge on his killer.

Average TZ, generally well carried by Stevens.

Joan Marshall played Herman's wife in the pilot episode of 'The Munsters'.

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