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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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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Making a Deal with the Devil
10 January 2014 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The hypochondriac is a Walter Bedeker (David Wayne) is a dull man that insists to summon his doctor due to inexistent diseases but the doctor tells that he has no illness and his problems are mental or emotional. One day, the devil visits him using the name of Cadwallader (Thomas Gomez) and offers immortality to him for his soul. He also explains that the contract has an escape clause just in case Walter decides to stop living. Walter accepts the deal and uses it to collect insurance claims. One day, Walter decides to test his immortality and kills his wife with an unexpected result.

"Escape Clause" is a dark episode of "The Twilight Zone" with lots of black humor. The question about whether immortality is worthy or not could be better resolved since Walter wanted to go to the electric chair to challenge the authorities because he would not die. But what would have happened if he had been sentenced to the electric chair. Shouldn't he be sentenced to life in prison later? My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Escape Clause" ("Beyond Imagination - Escape Clause")


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