Anthology type science fiction program with a different cast each week. Tending toward the hard science, space travel, time travel, and human evolution it tries to examine in each show some... See full summary »
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing interest in paranormal suspense in a different way. Rather than creating fictional ... See full summary »
Will J. White
Within the course of one hour 5 stories are shown. None of these stories have any logical explanation, and some of them actually occurred. You are left to decide which of these stories, if ... See full summary »
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 »
I swear, he's cheated me. Immortality. What's the good of it, if there isn't any kicks, any excitement?
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Even the worst episode of The Twilight Zone tends to scrape an average score and this isn't the worst but it's certainly the weakest from the selection offered up in the first half of season one.
David Wayne plays a hypochondriac named Walter Bedeker who is offered a fantastic opportunity by the devil (Thomas Gomez). Immortality, or at least a good few centuries of living anyway, in exchange for his soul. There IS an escape clause, if Walter wants out at any time then he can call upon the devil and receive a nice, easy death but Walter doesn't think he'll be using that clause any time soon. Maybe he shouldn't be so sure.
With decent lead performances and adequate treatment of the material (from director Mitchell Leisen) this is one of the rare episodes in which the weakest element is the writing by Rod Serling. Everything is just a little too obvious and feels overstretched despite the brief runtime of the episode.
There are a few fun exchanges, no doubt about that, but the whole thing is hampered by a premise that doesn't seem particularly well thought out and doesn't go far enough.
It's still an enjoyable episode but not one of my favourites.
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