The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Night of the Meek 

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.


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Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Art Carney ... Henry Corwin
John Fiedler ... Mr. Dundee
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Flaherty
Val Avery ... The Bartender
Meg Wyllie ... Sister Florence
Kay Cousins Johnson Kay Cousins Johnson ... Irate Mother (as Kay Cousins)
Burt Mustin ... Old Man


Henry Corwin is a down and outer who is normally unemployed and who definitely drinks too much. Every year however, he works as a department store Santa Claus. This year however, he's spent just a little too much time in the bar and is quite drunk by the time he shows up for work. He's fired of course and deeply regrets what he's done. In fact, Henry has a big heart and worries not only about the children he's disappointed at the store but about all of those children who will not get what they've asked for Christmas. When he comes across a large bag of gifts, everything changes for the kids and for himself as well. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 December 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Credited only as "Old Man," Burton Hill "Burt" Mustin was only weeks away from his 77th birthday when this episode aired, and lived to the ripe old age of 92, dying only 11 days before his 93rd birthday. See more »


In the credits, Mustin's character is listed as 'old man'. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] A word to the wise to all the children of the twentieth century, whether their concern be pediatrics or geriatrics, whether they crawl on hands and knees and wear diapers or walk with a cane and comb their beards. There's a wondrous magic to Christmas, and there's a special power reserved for little people. In short, there's nothing mightier than the meek, and a merry Christmas to each and all.
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Featured in Nostalgia Critic: Top 12 Santa Clauses (2013) See more »


Joy To The World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts
Music by Lowell Mason
Performed by Meg Wyllie
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Santa Claus
26 May 2018 | by Claudio CarvalhoSee all my reviews

The unemployed drunkard Henry Corwin has been hired by a department store for a temporary work as Santa Claus. During his leisure period, he drinks too much and is fired by the manager. While walking back home, Henry finds a bag of gifts and fulfills his dream of providing Christmas gifts to his neighborhood. Who is the owner of the magic bag?

"The Night of the Meek" is a beautiful Christmas tale with the story of a man with big heart that understands his needy neighborhood. The conclusion is poignant. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite dos Humildes" ("The Night of the Meek")

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