Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 2

One for the Angels (9 Oct. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" One for the Angels (original title)

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A pitchman (Ed Wynn) is visited by Death and is forced to get his priorities in order.

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The pitchman Lou Bookman is unexpectedly visited by Mr. Death that tells him that his time has come. Lou appeals to live more to make a big pitch as he has always dreamed on. Mr. Death accepts the request but tells him that he has to take someone else with him. When he selects the girl Maggie Polanski, who is Lou's neighbor, the old man has to take a decision. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Street scene: Summer. The present. Man on a sidewalk named Lew Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Lew Bookman, a fixture of the summer, a rather minor component to a hot July, a nondescript, commonplace little man whose life is a treadmill built out of sidewalks. And in just a moment, Lew Bookman will have to concern himself with survival - because as of three o'clock this hot July afternoon, he'll be stalked by Mr. Death.
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The Pitch of a lifetime
24 June 2012 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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