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.

Director:

Allen Reisner

Writer:

Rod Serling
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Dan Duryea ... Al Denton
Martin Landau ... Dan Hotaling
Jeanne Cooper ... Liz
Malcolm Atterbury ... Henry J. Fate
Ken Lynch ... Charlie
Arthur Batanides Arthur Batanides ... Leader
Bill Erwin ... Man
Robert Burton ... Doctor
Doug McClure ... 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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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

One of three The Twilight Zone (1959) episodes to include an eye, not a spiral, at the introduction. See more »

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TV antennas can be spotted in the distance. See more »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Mr. Henry Fate, dealer in utensils and pots and pans, liniments and potions. A fanciful little man in a black, frock coat, who can help a man climbing out of a pit - or another man from falling into one. Because, you see, Fate can work that way - in The Twilight Zone.
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Stenka Razin
(uncredited)
Russian folk tune
played throughout
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Recovering Dignity and Self-Esteem
9 January 2014 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the Far West, the drunkard Al Denton (Dan Duryea) is bullied by the gunman Dan Hotaling (Martin Landau) to get some booze. The mysterious Henry J. Fate (Malcolm Atterbury) 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.

"Mr. Denton on Doomsday" is a tale of second chance in life, with the redemption and recovering of dignity and self-esteem by the drunk of a little town in the Old West. The plot is well-written and never corny. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Além da Imaginação - Mr. Denton on Doomsday" ("Beyond Imagination - Mr. Denton on Doomsday")

Note: On 25 Mar 2018 I saw this episode again.


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