The town drunk in the old-west faces his past when Fate lends a hand.

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Al Denton
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Dan Hotaling
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Liz
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Henry J. Fate
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Pete Grant
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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

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16 October 1959 (USA)  »

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However Western it sounds, the harmonica music in the background is, in fact, an old Russian folksong, "Stenka Razin". See more »

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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 »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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Stenka Razin
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The Twilight Zone Enters The Old West
3 February 2006 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

"Mr. Denton On Doomsday" is another fascinating episode of 'The Twilight Zone'. This time the story takes place in the old west as a town drunk is given the chance to reclaim his respect by becoming a gunslinger. The story briefly talks about why Al Denton turned to alcohol, but does not develop this theme fully. Furthermore, Denton finds it incredibly easy to stop drinking considering he's been an alcoholic for so long. However, while Denton's personal demons would have made for an interesting story, Rod Sterling decided to create an interesting tale around the magical gun, as well as other tricks, that Denton uses to reclaim his quick-draw skills. Dan Duryea provided a good portrayal of his character and reminded me of William H. Macy. Like so many other Twilight Zone's, this episode features a fine twist at the end that adds just the right mix of tension and uncertainty to the story. Overall, while this is not one of The Twilight Zone's great excursions, it is a good average episode. And an average 'Twilight Zone' is still very much worth watching. I gave it 7.5 out of 10.


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