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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Lou Bookman
Dana Dillaway ...
Maggie Polanski
Jay Overholts ...
Merritt Bohn ...
Truck Driver


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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9 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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French title: 'Pour les anges' See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] 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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Heartwarming, and Spooky - Typical Serling!
8 September 2009 | by (Western PA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the performances: Ed Wynn was lovable as the friendly pitchman, and Murray Hamilton was perfect as Mr. Death. The Twilight Zone has endured because of inspired writing and has been sustained by the incredible talent that it attracted. Ed Wynn is perfect as the pitchman who loves children. Note that there is nothing at all perverted about this, as we might expect today. That's something to love about "One for the Angels" too. I highly recommend this one to all. It's thought provoking and completely enjoyable. Watch it and try to imagine such inspired TV viewing today. The caliber of talent, Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, their performances were first rate, in my opinion. The child actors were fairly typical for the time period. But I think that anyone watching this with an open mind will enjoy it. Please...don't try to put too much into it. Just allow yourself to be drawn into the drama. It's an amazing feeling.

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