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Dead Man's Shoes 

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

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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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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 »

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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 »

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Maitre d': Yes, sir, what will it be?
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: Tequila with a cube of sugar.
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Treehouse of Horror IX (1998) See more »

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Gangster's soul seeks revenge.
9 January 2014 | by 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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