The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe
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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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 »


Ben: [finds a gun in Nathan's jacket] Happy Easter.
Dagget: You still got a message for me?
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: Oh yes, but tell the Easter Bunny here, I'd like my gun back afterwards.
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Remade as The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Eyes (2002) See more »

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The sort of twists and fanciful ideas that made this series so compelling...
2 October 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a neat episode--one that shows just what sort of bizarre ideas the show was able to come up with and make work...and work well.

The show starts with a bum stumbling upon a dead man. Well, not wanting to waste perfectly good shoes on a stiff, the guy steals the shoes and replaces his old beat up shoes (is it stealing if they are dead?). Oddly, however, in true "Twilight Zone" tradition, this starts a bizarre chain of events. It seems that upon putting on the shoes, the bum is suddenly possessed by the spirit of the dead man--and the dead man wants revenge. So the guy now seeks out those who killed him--confronting them and wanting what is by all rights his. The folks he approaches are baffled, however, as he looks nothing like the dead man...yet he knows things only the corpse could know!! This episode has a particularly good ending, but the story idea is pretty cool as well. No complaints or changes I'd make to the show--this is one good episode.

By the way, it's not a serious error but Merrill talks about "hypnotism". This term, though created just before the war was not widely known or in widespread use. If anyone were referring to hypnosis, they might term it "mesmerism" back in 1863--not hypnosis.

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