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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Walter Bedeker: Who are you?
Cadwallader: Cadwallader's my name. At least, it's the name I'm using this month. It has a nice feeling on the tongue. "Cad-wall-ah-der."
Walter Bedeker: [checks to see if the bedroom window is locked] How'd you get in here?
Cadwallader: I've never been gone. I've been here for some time.
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Perfect Health and Immortality
12 July 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When David Wayne asks for immortality and offers up his soul in the bargain what could be better. Satan, Applegate, Old Scratch or in this case Cadwallader can't collect until crack of doom as the saying goes.

In fact Thomas Gomez as a really broadly expansive and somewhat hammy devil offers him an escape clause. He can opt out of the immortality at any time. What would want to make him do it?

David Wayne is the hopeless hypochondriac who probably could have endowed a whole medical school with what he pay in doctor bills. He's driving his patient wife Virginia Christine to her wit's end.

When Wayne gets his immortality he goes full blast, jumping off buildings, diving in front of subways. Now this former bedridden complainer is living life to the limit.

Wayne, Gomez, and Christine are fun to watch in this sardonic episode from The Twilight Zone.


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