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

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Walter Bedeker
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Ethel Bedeker
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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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6 November 1959 (USA)  »

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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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Narrator: [Opening Narration] You're about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness, Mr. Walter Bedeker, age forty-four, afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, draft, and everything else. He has one interest in life, and that's Walter Bedeker. One preoccupation: the life and well-being of Walter Bedeker. One abiding concern about society: that if Walter Bedeker should die, how will it survive without him?
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Soldiers on Strings
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Music by Bruce Campbell
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Cheating The Devil
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

David Wayne stars as hypochondriac Walter Bedecker, who is always complaining about imagined ailments and sicknesses, who one day is visited by the Devil(played by Thomas Gomez) who offers Walter the expected deal of eternal health and life in exchange for his soul upon his death, which a delighted Walter thinks will be many thousands of years away, but the easily bored and unimaginative Bedecker is in for quite a shock much sooner then he thinks... Mediocre offering is a passable affair mostly due to the skill involved, but outcome and moral is a bit too obvious, since a smarter man would have easily figured out how to get out of a life prison sentence!


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