The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mr. Denton on Doomsday 

The town drunk in the old-west faces his past when Fate lends a hand.

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Episode complete credited cast:
... Narrator (voice)
... Al Denton
... Dan Hotaling
... Liz
... Henry J. Fate
... Charlie
Arthur Batanides ... Leader
... Man
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... Pete Grant
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In the Far West, the drunkard Al Denton is bullied by the gunman Dan Hotaling to get some booze. The mysterious Henry J. Fate observes the humiliation and Al Denton finds a revolver on the street. When Dan sees Al Denton with a revolver on his hand, he challenges the drunk for a gunfighter. Fate observes again and makes a movement with his hand that will change the life of Al Denton. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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However Western it sounds, the harmonica music in the background is, in fact, an old Russian folksong, "Stenka Razin". See more »

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At the beginning of the episode, the bully breaks a bottle and throws in on the ground in front of the saloon, where much of it spills before Mr. Denton picks it up to drink the rest. At the very end of the episode, supposedly late the next night, the final camera shot from above as Fate rides out of town, you can still see the dark, wet dirt from the spilled drink in front of the saloon. See more »

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Al Denton: I was good. I was real good. I was so good that once a day, someone would ride into town to make me prove it. And every morning, I'd start my drinkin' a few minutes earlier. Until one morning, the guy who asked me to prove it turned out to be sixteen years old. I left him there on his face. Right there in front of the saloon. I left him there bleedin' to death with my bullet in him. I guess it'll start all over again, now. Every fast and fancy man who owns a gun will come riding in down that ...
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The Near Future
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Written by Irving Berlin
Performed by Dan Duryea
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The Twilight Zone Enters The Old West
3 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Mr. Denton On Doomsday" is another fascinating episode of 'The Twilight Zone'. This time the story takes place in the old west as a town drunk is given the chance to reclaim his respect by becoming a gunslinger. The story briefly talks about why Al Denton turned to alcohol, but does not develop this theme fully. Furthermore, Denton finds it incredibly easy to stop drinking considering he's been an alcoholic for so long. However, while Denton's personal demons would have made for an interesting story, Rod Sterling decided to create an interesting tale around the magical gun, as well as other tricks, that Denton uses to reclaim his quick-draw skills. Dan Duryea provided a good portrayal of his character and reminded me of William H. Macy. Like so many other Twilight Zone's, this episode features a fine twist at the end that adds just the right mix of tension and uncertainty to the story. Overall, while this is not one of The Twilight Zone's great excursions, it is a good average episode. And an average 'Twilight Zone' is still very much worth watching. I gave it 7.5 out of 10.


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