Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 6

Escape Clause (6 Nov. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" Escape Clause (original title)

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A hypochondriac man sells his soul to the devil, exchanging it for one million years of immortality.

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Hypochondriac Walter Bedeker has once again had his doctor come to his bedside but he can find absolutely nothing wrong with him. The doctor tells him his aches and pains are psychosomatic but he refuses to accept it. Later that night, a Mr. Cadwallader suddenly appears in his room and has a proposition for him: in return for his soul, he will give him immortality. He even has an escape clause in that if he ever gets tired of living, Cadwallader will provide him with a hasty demise. He accepts the deal and soon collects 14 insurance claims over a variety of accidents. He finds it all very boring however but his quest for a thrill brings results with an unexpected outcome. Written by garykmcd

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The title refers to a legal term, condition or clause in a contract that allows a party to that contract to avoid having to perform the contract. The validity of the clause is usually limited by a time-frame (i.e 30 days or 72 hours) or subject to the the satisfaction of the customer for delivered goods or services. See more »

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When the main character proclaims, "...the new Walter Bedeker!" you can see the frames are running back and forth. You can tell by looking at the window curtains behind him. See more »

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Ethel Bedeker: Walter, please come back to the apartment. I'll make you potato pancakes. Remember, you always used to love potato pancakes.
Walter Bedeker: Ethel, *you* are a potato pancake. You're as tasteless as a potato pancake.
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Apparently someone never heard of Faust...
25 October 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

A tale about a hypochondriac who makes a deal with the Devil for immortality, 'Escape Clause' is just one of many stories to deal with the question of immortality and its price.

It is short and overacted, but in a fun way; it is also not very well thought at certain aspects, especially the main character and his motivations, but that seems to stern more from the time contrivance than a poor screenwriter.

Its originality comes from its seemingly light-hearted approach, which combined with a rather naive but very black humor and a deceptively dark concept, make 'Escape Clause' almost eerie. It is quite thought-provoking, as are most stories of this kind.

What good is immortality? What price are we willing to pay for it? And, what happens when we achieve it, what else can we do now?

It could be better drawn-out, but overall for a 25-minute episode it was very good. I would not mind a feature film with this take on the 'immortality' morality play.


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