The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mr. Bevis 

An eccentric loser gets a new life from his guardian angel, but there is a price to keeping it.


William Asher


Rod Serling

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Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Orson Bean ... James B.W. Bevis
Henry Jones ... J. Hardy Hempstead
Charles Lane ... Mr. Peckinpaugh
Horace McMahon ... Bartender
William Schallert ... Policeman
Florence MacMichael Florence MacMichael ... Margaret
Dorothy Neumann ... Landlady
Vito Scotti ... Peddler
House Peters Jr. ... Policeman
Colleen O'Sullivan Colleen O'Sullivan ... Michelle (as Coleen O'Sullivan)
Timmy Cletro Timmy Cletro ... Boy


James B.W. Bevis is, by almost any definition, eccentric. He drives a car that once was Henry Ford's dream, he likes zither music and makes model ships. He's a bookkeeper by profession and his desk at work is always cluttered. He likes to bring in children at Christmas-time to sing carols. It all leads to him being fired. While drowning his sorrows at a nearby bar, he meets none other than his guardian angel who shows him that life can be considerably different for him if he wishes it....but is he prepared to make the changes necessary to obtain that lifestyle? Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

3 June 1960 (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?


Hempstead reveals to Bevis that he helped Ben Hur win the famous chariot race. At the end of the episode, a movie theater marquee advertises that Ben Hur is playing. See more »


When Mr. Bevis asks Mr. Hempstead, "Who might you be?", Mr. Hempstead corrects him saying, "Whom; objective case". That is in fact wrong, and Mr. Bevis was correct as 'Who' is used as a predicate nominative and therefore, the nominative case is correct. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] In the parlance of the twentieth century, this is an oddball. His name is James B. W. Bevis, and his tastes lean toward stuffed animals, zither music, professional football, Charles Dickens, moose heads, carnivals, dogs, children, and young ladies. Mr. Bevis is accident prone, a little vague, a little discombobulated, with a life that possesses all the security of a floating crap game. But this can be said of our Mr. Bevis: without him, without his warmth, without his ...
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References Ben-Hur (1959) See more »

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Weak,...seriously you guys.
9 June 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is one of the weakest episodes of the original "Twilight Zone" series. Now is it NOT unpleasant or stupid--it just seems totally out of place for this series and is far from Rod Serling's best work. I read on IMDb that it was intended as a pilot (just like the god-awful episode with Carol Burnett) and I am glad the network didn't pick up the series.

Mr. Bevis (Orson Bean) is a dippy loser. He's just lost his job, drives a craptastic car and enjoys life despite its many shortcomings. However, an angel (Henry Jones) appears and makes his life more successful...but by the end of the show, Bevis finds he prefers his quirky, goofy life. The show is obviously a rip-off of "It's a Wonderful Life" and was kind of cute but had absolutely no irony or horror--it was just ordinary at best. And, as a result, it seemed to have nothing to do with the series and was simply an excuse to try out a bad idea for a potential TV series. Unremarkable and nothing more.

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