The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Escape Clause 

A hypochondriac man sells his soul to the devil, exchanging it for several thousand years of immortality.

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Hypochondriac Walter Bedeker has once again had his doctor come to his bedside but he can find absolutely nothing wrong with him. The doctor tells him his aches and pains are psychosomatic but he refuses to accept it. Later that night, a Mr. Cadwallader suddenly appears in his room and has a proposition for him: in return for his soul, he will give him immortality. He even has an escape clause in that if he ever gets tired of living, Cadwallader will provide him with a hasty demise. He accepts the deal and soon collects 14 insurance claims over a variety of accidents. He finds it all very boring however but his quest for a thrill brings results with an unexpected outcome. Written by garykmcd

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6 November 1959 (USA)  »

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The cast includes two actors each best known for starring in a long-running TV commercial: Virginia Christine (Mrs. Olson for Folgers Coffee) and Dick Wilson (Mr. Whipple for Charmin Bathroom Tissue). See more »

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When Mr. Cadwallader first appears, Walter Bedeker looks to the screen's left and he is on the left side of the bed from the camera's point of view. In the next shot, Walter is on the right side of the bed and Mr. Cadwallader is standing on the right side of the bed. See more »

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Walter Bedeker: I swear, he's cheated me. Immortality. What's the good of it, if there isn't any kicks, any excitement?
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Featured in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Animation Comedy
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Music by Spencer Moore
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Let Go of the Soul!
25 September 2008 | by See all my reviews

This one is done often. A hypochondriac makes a deal with the devil. He is so afraid he will die, he has never lived. As is so often the case, given what he wants, he squanders it on foolish endeavors, worthless living. The deficiency was in his mind all along, so given eternal life, he has no imagination. He is a sick man. There is some humor in this, but it is pretty bent. He goes about like Bill Murray in Ground Hog Day but he has chosen this road. It may have been a better story if he had really learned anything. To be in prison for life was the logical ending to all this. He could of suspected it. It's also interesting how these characters never stop to think that this is the devil they're dealing with. He ain't a nice guy. The ease with which the deal is made should be a warning. It's certainly worth a look because it is thought provoking.


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