The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 33

Mr. Bevis (3 Jun. 1960)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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
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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Release Date:

3 June 1960 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


A kid pushing Bevis' car looks toward the camera as a cue. 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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Weak,...seriously you guys.
9 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the weakest episodes of the original "Twilight Zone" series. Now is it NOT unpleasant or stupid--it just seems totally out of place for this series and is far from Rod Serling's best work. I read on IMDb that it was intended as a pilot (just like the god-awful episode with Carol Burnett) and I am glad the network didn't pick up the series.

Mr. Bevis (Orson Bean) is a dippy loser. He's just lost his job, drives a craptastic car and enjoys life despite its many shortcomings. However, an angel (Henry Jones) appears and makes his life more successful...but by the end of the show, Bevis finds he prefers his quirky, goofy life. The show is obviously a rip-off of "It's a Wonderful Life" and was kind of cute but had absolutely no irony or horror--it was just ordinary at best. And, as a result, it seemed to have nothing to do with the series and was simply an excuse to try out a bad idea for a potential TV series. Unremarkable and nothing more.

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