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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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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Let Go of the Soul!
25 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This one is done often. A hypochondriac makes a deal with the devil. He is so afraid he will die, he has never lived. As is so often the case, given what he wants, he squanders it on foolish endeavors, worthless living. The deficiency was in his mind all along, so given eternal life, he has no imagination. He is a sick man. There is some humor in this, but it is pretty bent. He goes about like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day but he has chosen this road. It may have been a better story if he had really learned anything. To be in prison for life was the logical ending to all this. He could of suspected it. It's also interesting how these characters never stop to think that this is the devil they're dealing with. He ain't a nice guy. The ease with which the deal is made should be a warning. It's certainly worth a look because it is thought provoking.


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