The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 9

Dead Woman's Shoes/Wong's Lost and Found Emporium (22 Nov. 1985)

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"Dead Woman's Shoes": A meek thrift store clerk is possessed by the spirit of a dead woman. "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium": A man in search of his compassion looks for it in a mysterious place.




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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Maddie Duncan (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Kyle Montgomery (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Inez (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Man (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Sasha von Scherler ...
Eileen (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Hyatt (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Maid (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Girl (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Girl (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Lori (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
Cabbie (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes") (as Lance Nichols)
Pia Grønning ...
Susan Montgomery (segment "Dead Woman's Shoes")
David Wong (segment "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium")
Anna Maria Poon ...
Melinda (segment "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium")
Mrs. Whitford (segment "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium")


"Dead Woman's Shoes": A meek thrift store clerk is possessed by the spirit of a dead woman. "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium": A man in search of his compassion looks for it in a mysterious place.

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22 November 1985 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


In "Wong's Lost and Found Emporium", David bitterly mentions the Vincent Chin case where a retrial of both the man's killers resulted in the acquittal of the one who held him down while the one who bludgeoned him to death was condemned - after the episode, the second man was released on a technicality as well. See more »


References The Wizard of Oz (1939) See more »

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One decent tale with Helen Mirren, and another disappointingly saccharine effort
9 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

DEAD WOMAN'S SHOES is one of the better episodes of this series, featuring a decent story for once (and one that's an apparent twist on an episode of the original TWILIGHT ZONE). It involves the shoes of a murdered woman which are bought by a bookish woman (Helen Mirrne, of all people). When she puts them on she finds herself possessed by the spirit of the deceased woman, who's lusting for revenge.

It's a straightforward tale and one that's handled fairly adroitly, but of course the big draw here is seeing Helen Mirren in a very unusual production for her compared to the highbrow efforts of THE QUEEN and the like. Mirren is pretty good actually, and there's a nice little role for HELLBOY's Jeffrey Tambor as the villain of the piece. Not perfect, but one of the better episodes in this series.

WONG'S LOST AND FOUND EMPORIUM is, unfortunately, another unappetising episode of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, a preachy and sickly-sweet story about the titular premises where visitors can discover the important things they've since lost. In reality this leads to scenes where characters rediscover their humanity, their compassion, and their sense of humour, but it's all as cheesy and uninteresting as it sounds.

My favourite TWILIGHT ZONE episodes are the ones that pose genuinely unsettling questions about life on our planet - the classic spooky episodes that pose moral questions or raise points about the unexplained. Sadly, this 1980s series seemed more interested in sappy, saccharine-sweet episodes designed to warm your heartstrings, but they leave me stone cold. The routine production values and the dated styles of acting don't help much either.

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