After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.
Henry Corwin is a down and outer who is normally unemployed and who definitely drinks too much. Every year however, he works as a department store Santa Claus. This year however, he's spent just a little too much time in the bar and is quite drunk by the time he shows up for work. He's fired of course and deeply regrets what he's done. In fact, Henry has a big heart and worries not only about the children he's disappointed at the store but about all of those children who will not get what they've asked for Christmas. When he comes across a large bag of gifts, everything changes for the kids and for himself as well. Written by
A stage musical based on this episode was written by lyricist/librettist Patrick Cook and composer Frederick Freyer; it has not been produced because of rights issues. See more »
Corwin and the man in the street sit on "snow" on one of the steps as though it were a prop and not actually there, though a moment later a child does dust it off the sleigh. See more »
A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all.
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Aside from the style of filming this wonderful Twilight Zone gem, I don't understand anyone not loving it. There were several episodes of the Twilight Zone that were filmed in "live set" style to save money. The show was new and budgets were low. It's funny that Art Carney should be cast in this episode, as "The Honeymooners" had the same appearance on t.v. Art Carney portrays an alcoholic department store Santa who is downtrodden and hopeless except during Christmas. He has one wish. He wants to be Santa. That's all. He wants to give without receiving, without any reward other than the joy that giving brings. In true Rod Serling fashion, Christmas is a time of magic and so is Night of the Meek.
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