Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 6

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

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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: [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.
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Oddly underrated
9 September 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Okay, before watching this episode, I'll admit that this show is not a great example of Biblical scholarship. Sure, it's all very silly and flies in the face of Christian, Jewish and even Muslim teachings--but still, it's highly entertaining. While not as good as the wonderful "To Serve Man", this is indeed one of the best episodes of the series.

David Wayne plays a terribly neurotic man who is completely wrapped up in himself and his supposed impending death. He's perfectly healthy and young but is obsessed with every little ache and pain. As a result of this obsession, the Devil appears to him and offers him a contract--he can live a million healthy years just for the cost of his soul. This deal leads to some very dark and twisted humor (my favorite type)--and shows him doing many dangerous things just for kicks (such as jumping in front of a subway train). Naturally, since this is Satan we are talking about, it all comes with a wonderful twist. I won't say more, as it would ruin the suspense, but thanks to a great script it's a real keeper.


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