Lou Bookman is a street vendor; a pitchman, making a living selling what he can from his valise - radios, toys, ties and the like. After a long day, he returns to his shabby apartment to find someone waiting for him, someone he saw near where he had been selling that day. That person turns out to be Mr. Death who is there to tell Lou that his time on Earth has come to an end and that his "departure" will be at midnight. Lou tries to forestall his death by asking for a delay until he's able to make a big sales pitch. It's all a ruse however and Mr. Death shows him that his actions have consequences. As a result, Lou makes the pitch of his life. Written by
Lewis J. Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Formerly a fixture of the summer, formerly a rather minor component to a hot July. But, throughout his life, a man beloved by the children, and therefore, a most important man. Couldn't happen, you say? Probably not in most places - but it did happen in the Twilight Zone.
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Genial Ed Wynn a sidewalk tie salesman isn't quite ready to give up mortality when Death as personified by Murray Hamilton comes calling. Wynn tricks Hamilton into him making just one more big sales pitch, one that will really put over a good sale.
But Death has his quota and when young Dana Dillaway hovers between life and death, Wynn sees his chance to really make a big pitch.
Ed Wynn after years playing the maniacal perfect fool on vaudeville, the stage and radio proved to be a fine dramatic actor in such items as The Great Man, The Diary Of Anne Frank, and Marjorie Morningstar. Wynn blends both his comic and dramatic gifts in this fine Twilight Zone episode.
He also did another Twilight Zone show and that for fans of Ed Wynn should also not be missed.
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