The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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One for the Angels 

A pitchman is visited by Death and is forced to get his priorities in order.


Robert Parrish


Rod Serling

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Episode complete credited cast:
Rod Serling ... Narrator (voice)
Ed Wynn ... Lou Bookman
Murray Hamilton ... Mr. Death
Dana Dillaway Dana Dillaway ... Maggie Polanski
Jay Overholts Jay Overholts ... Doctor
Merritt Bohn ... Truck Driver


Lou Bookman is a street vendor; a pitchman, making a living selling what he can from his valise - radios, toys, ties and the like. After a long day, he returns to his shabby apartment to find someone waiting for him, someone he saw near where he had been selling that day. That person turns out to be Mr. Death who is there to tell Lou that his time on Earth has come to an end and that his "departure" will be at midnight. Lou tries to forestall his death by asking for a delay until he's able to make a big sales pitch. It's all a ruse however and Mr. Death shows him that his actions have consequences. As a result, Lou makes the pitch of his life. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

9 October 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place from July 19 to July 20, 1960. See more »


Rod Serling - Narrator: [Closing Narration] Lewis J. Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Formerly a fixture of the summer, formerly a rather minor component to a hot July. But, throughout his life, a man beloved by the children, and therefore, a most important man. Couldn't happen, you say? Probably not in most places - but it did happen in the Twilight Zone.
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References Forbidden Planet (1956) See more »

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The Twilight Zone charm at its best
12 February 2006 | by insightflowSee all my reviews

I have been almost obsessed with The Twilight Zone for years, having collected pretty much all episodes; however, it was "One For The Angels" to truly launch me to the "twilight zone" one night. Perhaps it was Ed Wynn's fine performance to combine with the Storyteller's all-engulfing warmth that made the magic tangible. I remember that night and that episode made me a believer and advocate of art's pretence to Truth, rather than remaining a crippled rationalist. All meaning is suddenly revealed, if only we have the subtlety of senses needed en route for The Twilight Zone. The poetry of this episode, even though much lighter, can compare in its depth and fineness with 1985's "Toys Of Caliban". (Great acting by Richard Mulligan there, too.)

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