The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Dead Man's Shoes 

A homeless man takes the shoes of a dead gangster and steps into his life.


Montgomery Pittman


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Warren Stevens ... Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe
Richard Devon ... Dagget
Joan Marshall ... Wilma
Ben Wright ... Chips
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Sam
Ron Hagerthy ... Ben
Florence Marly ... Dagget's Girlfriend (as Florence Marley)
Joseph Mell Joseph Mell ... Jimmy (as Joe Mell)


When a hobo finds a dead man lying dead in a city alley, he decides to take his shoes, a pair of rather spiffy-looking loafers. In putting them on however, he becomes the dead man. He returns to his apartment, to his girlfriend's shock and more importantly, he knows who killed him. The dead man is also out for revenge and it seems nothing will be able to stop him. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

19 January 1962 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The episode was remade as The Twilight Zone: Dead Woman's Shoes/Wong's Lost and Found Emporium (1985) and also as The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Eyes (2002). This makes it the only episode to have appeared in all three series. See more »


Nate Bledsoe is possessed by Dane's spirit when he puts on his shoes. The spell is broken when Bledsoe removes his shoes in the apartment and reestablished when he puts them back on. However, Bledsoe later changes into clean clothes, including socks, which he wasn't wearing before, and the dead man's hold on him wasn't broken again. See more »


Maitre d': Yes, sir, what will it be?
Nathan 'Nate' Bledsoe: Tequila with a cube of sugar.
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Remade as The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Eyes (2002) See more »

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Soles Of A Killer
28 October 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Warren Stevens stars as a hobo named Nathan Bledsoe, who one day sees a car dump a corpse in a nearby alley. He goes over to it in hopes of rifling its pockets, but instead decides to take his nice pair of shoes, which mostly fit. However, the murdered man turns out to be an underworld figure whose soul has somehow latched onto the soles of his shoes, compelling poor Nate to avenge his death by whatever means possible, no matter how long it may take... Stylish episode has a good central idea at its center. Though it isn't a total success(Who does the viewer root for after all, since they are all criminals?) this still remains an appealing effort.

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