Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 6

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

TV Episode  -   -  Fantasy | Horror | Mystery
7.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.4/10 from 902 users  
Reviews: 16 user | 4 critic

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

Director:

Writer:

Watch Episode
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 6602 titles
created 01 Jan 2012
 
list image
a list of 37 titles
created 09 Jul 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 16 Oct 2012
 
a list of 1715 titles
created 27 Dec 2012
 
a list of 25 titles
created 9 months ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Escape Clause (06 Nov 1959)

Escape Clause (06 Nov 1959) on IMDb 7.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Twilight Zone.
« Previous Episode | 6 of 156 Episodes | Next Episode »

Videos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
Narrator (voice)
...
Walter Bedeker
...
Virginia Christine ...
Ethel Bedeker
...
Doctor
Wendell Holmes ...
Cooper
...
Jack
...
Steve
...
Guard (as Nesden Booth)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

6 November 1959 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Soldiers on Strings
(uncredited)
Music by Bruce Campbell
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
makes calamity of so long life
25 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

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'.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why haven't the episodes been colorized? iboyg
Five worst episodes jrl0726
Uncle Simon... sylvia67
Remember the 'Improbable Sponsor' game? puplover
Am I alone in thinking 'The Invaders'... jukebox_lucky
What are your top ten favorite episodes? moviemom4
Discuss Escape Clause (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?