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
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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 »
There's a saying, 'Every man is put on Earth condemned to die, time and method of execution unknown.' Perhaps, this is as it should be. Case in point: Walter Bedeker, lately deceased, a little man with such a yen to live. Beaten by the Devil, by his own boredom - and by the scheme of things in this, The Twilight Zone.
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Walter Bedecker (David Wayne) is a hypochondriac who laments the paltry three score years and ten of man. He is a waspish bore to his suffering wife Ethel (Virginia Christine) and is the first of a long line of unappealing pompous 'heroes' of Rod Serling written comedy entries. This one is watchable but, they got intolerable with episodes like 'A Thing About Machines'. Bedecker is offered immortality in return for his soul by a character called Cadwalleder, who suddenly appears in his bedroom. Thrill seeking becomes an obsession with the obnoxious immortal. Ethel (played very straight by Virginia Christie) worries about his sanity at this point. (Un)naturally, there's a twist at the end.
Alright if taken with a pinch of salt. I prefer the theme played straight later in series one in 'Long Live Walter Jameson'.
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