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
Ben Wright ...
Harry Swoger ...
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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Release Date:

19 January 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The episode was remade as The Twilight Zone: Dead Woman's Shoes/Wong's Lost and Found Emporium (1985) and also as The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Eyes (2002). This makes it the only episode to have appeared in all three series. See more »


Nate Bledsoe is possessed by Dane's spirit when he puts on his shoes. The spell is broken when Bledsoe removes his shoes in the apartment and reestablished when he puts them back on. However, Bledsoe later changes into clean clothes, including socks, which he wasn't wearing before, and the dead man's hold on him wasn't broken again. See more »


Wilma: You know, Dane's coming back, and if you knew what was good for you...
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: Oh, I know what's good for me. You.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IX (1998) 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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