In the Far West, the drunkard Al Denton is bullied by the gunman Dan Hotaling to get some booze. The mysterious Henry J. Fate observes the humiliation and Al Denton finds a revolver on the street. When Dan sees Al Denton with a revolver on his hand, he challenges the drunk for a gunfighter. Fate observes again and makes a movement with his hand that will change the life of Al Denton. Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
In his 1959 promotional film shown to potential sponsors, Rod Serling summarized an earlier version of this week's plot under its original title, "Death, Destry, and Mr. Dingle." As told by Serling, the basic premise is similar, but the earlier version seems to have been more comedic in tone, involving a meek schoolteacher who quite unintentionally gains notoriety as a top gunslinger. The name "Mr. Dingle" (originally intended for the Dan Duryea character) would be used by Serling for a future show, The Twilight Zone: Mr. Dingle, the Strong (1961) with Burgess Meredith playing the eponymous character. See more »
Al Denton is shown singing the song "How Dry I Am," in order to get a drink from Dan Hotaling. However, what we know as "How Dry I Am" was part of Irving Berlin's "The Near Future" which was written in 1919. This episode takes place before the turn of the 20th Century. See more »
Rod Serling - Narrator:
Mr. Henry Fate, dealer in utensils and pots and pans, liniments and potions. A fanciful little man in a black, frock coat, who can help a man climbing out of a pit - or another man from falling into one. Because, you see, Fate can work that way - in The Twilight Zone.
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In the Far West, the drunkard Al Denton (Dan Duryea) is bullied by the gunman Dan Hotaling (Martin Landau) to get some booze. The mysterious Henry J. Fate (Malcolm Atterbury) observes the humiliation and Al Denton finds a revolver on the street. When Dan sees Al Denton with a revolver on his hand, he challenges the drunk for a gunfighter. Fate observes again and makes a movement with his hand that will change the life of Al Denton.
"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" is a tale of second chance in life, with the redemption and recovering of dignity and self-esteem by the drunk of a little town in the Old West. The plot is well-written and never corny. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Mr. Denton on Doomsday" ("Beyond Imagination - Mr. Denton on Doomsday")
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