James B.W. Bevis is, by almost any definition, eccentric. He drives a car that once was Henry Ford's dream, he likes zither music and makes model ships. He's a bookkeeper by profession and his desk at work is always cluttered. He likes to bring in children at Christmas-time to sing carols. It all leads to him being fired. While drowning his sorrows at a nearby bar, he meets none other than his guardian angel who shows him that life can be considerably different for him if he wishes it....but is he prepared to make the changes necessary to obtain that lifestyle? Written by
Hempstead reveals to Bevis that he helped Ben Hur win the famous chariot race. At the end of the episode, a movie theater marquee advertises that Ben Hur is playing. See more »
While Mr. Hempstead is trying to impress Mr. Bevis, one of the things he mentions is that he helped Ben-Hur win his famous chariot race. This would have been impossible since Ben-Hur is a fictional character (created by General Lew Wallace in the mid 1800s) and not an actual person from history. See more »
Mr. James B. W. Bevis, who believes in a magic all his own. The magic of a child's smile, the magic of liking and being liked, the strange and wondrous mysticism that is the simple act of living. Mr. James B. W. Bevis, species of twentieth-century male, who has his own private and special Twilight Zone.
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"Mr. Bevis" shares some similarities to TZ episode "Cavender is coming", but 'Bevis" is better. First of all, "Cavender" showed the guardian angel in heaven and this one didn't. Showing heaven wouldn't have hurt that episode if they had actually made heaven look nice and convincing, but they instead made it look like some plain, boring, small dark room. The rest of that episode also had other faults that this episode doesn't.
I enjoyed "Mr. Bevis" for several reasons. Mr. Bevis himself was a cool, funny guy. He looked like Jim Carrey and also had goofball characteristics like Carrey. Bevis was fun loving, goofy, semi eccentric but in an entertaining way. He had a lot of people that seemed to like his fun, happy, energetic spirit. He liked sliding down bannisters, playing football with kids in the street, driving a zany car, and charming the girls in his office. The only two people that did not like him was his boss at work because he was sick of Bevis' eccentricities, and his landlady because he was always behind on his rent. Like in real life though, they are the two types of people hardest to make friends with yet are also the two people who have the most control over you. Without making good with them, you lose your source of income and you lose your place to live. That's exactly what happens to Bevis, he lost his job and got evicted from his apartment both the same day. While trying to drink away his sorrows about it that night at a bar, he meets his guardian angel. The angel allows him to relive the same day but as an entirely different form of himself. Now, Bevis not only is told to act and do things differently, but everyone now remembers his past in a different way as a different person who did everything differently in the past. Now his landlady loves him and his rent is all paid in advance, and his boss promotes him. (His boss says he's now getting $10 a week, but that's not exactly much for a new assistant supervisor. $10 in 1959 is around like $80 today. $80 a week is pretty poor pay for a full time office supervisor. I wonder if Bevis' boss actually meant he'd be getting $10 more a week than he was before) All of the novelty items such as his model ships and carnival prizes on Bevis' desk have disappeared too. He's never gotten them now. Bevis is basically getting a reverse social acceptance from before. Now his landlady and boss like him but all the people that liked him before like the football kids and the office girls now hardly acknowledge him. I guess that's because he went from happy, playful, and fun loving to a stuffed shirt and a goody goody.
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