The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 33

Mr. Bevis (3 Jun. 1960)

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An eccentric loser gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
James B.W. Bevis
J. Hardy Hempstead
Mr. Peckinpaugh
Horace McMahon ...
Florence MacMichael ...
Dorothy Neumann ...
House Peters Jr. ...
Colleen O'Sullivan ...
Michelle (as Coleen O'Sullivan)
Timmy Cletro ...


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 garykmcd

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3 June 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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William Schallert (Policeman) would later play Father in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and Father Grant in The Twilight Zone: Shadow Play/Grace Note (1986). 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 »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Very slight
26 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

No better than the later TZ tale of an angel's intervention from series three ,'Cavender Is Coming'. What I don't understand is why ever did Rod Serling think comedy angels (or genies for that matter) merited trying twice when the first result was was insipid? In 'Mr Bevis' the eponymous hero (Orson Bean) is first seen sliding down a banister and tumbling into the road, where a hurdy-gurdy plays 'Sidewalks of New York'. Serling then tells us just about everything that is going to happen. Orson Bean manages to make the oddball eccentric come to some sort of life, but the whole scenario is just too much like a very dated situation comedy rather than TZ. The story is about having a second chance to live a bad day over again, but this time as a winner, not a loser.

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