Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 11

The Night of the Meek (23 Dec. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Night of the Meek (original title)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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.

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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 garykmcd

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The title is based upon the Biblical quote of Matthew 5:5, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth." See more »

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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 »

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[an insolent eight-year-old boy stands before Henry Corwin, who is working as a department store Santa Claus]
Henry Corwin: What's your name, little boy?
Kid with Santa: Purcival Smithers.
Henry Corwin: What do you want for Christmas, Percival?
Kid with Santa: A new front name.
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Santa Claus Arrives
26 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Art Carney plays alcoholic Henry Corwin, who has just been hired and fired as a department store Santa Claus after reporting to duty drunk and despondent about the poor living conditions in his neighborhood, especially concerning the children and the holiday season. Henry will get his wish of being Santa Claus when a mysterious and seemingly magic bag appears, enabling him to give out lots of presents, though his former boss Mr. Dundee(played by John Fiedler) still wants him put in jail... Though videotaped, this doesn't mar it too much, and remains a heartwarming modern fable of a flawed but good man given his greatest wish at Christmas.


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