Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 33

Mr. Bevis (3 Jun. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Mr. Bevis (original title)

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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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Served as a pilot for a spin-off series where Burgess Meredith was to play Bevis, but a series was not ordered once Rod Serling learned he declined the role. See more »


Mr Bevis slides down the banisters in the middle of the hallway, yet he rolls out of the right hand door. In reality, his roll should have been stopped by the closed left hand door. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. His name is James B. W. Bevis, and his tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music, professional football, Charles Dickens, moose heads, carnivals, dogs, children, and young ladies. Mr. Bevis is accident prone, a little vague, a little discombobulated, with a life that possesses all the security of a floating crap game. But this can be said of our Mr. Bevis: without him, without his warmth, without his ...
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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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