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Take My Life... Please!/Devil's Alphabet/The Library 

Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A ... See full summary »

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Ben Bolt, John D. Hancock (as John Hancock) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Rod Serling (created by), Gordon Mitchell | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Thomerson ... Billy Diamond (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Ray Buktenica ... Max (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Xander Berkeley ... Dave (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Marty (segment "Take My Life...Please!") (as Jim McKrell)
Ben Cross ... Frederick (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Hywel Bennett ... Grant (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Robert Schenkkan ... Eli (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Wayne Alexander ... Cornelius (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Ethan Phillips ... Deaver (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ... Andrew (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Jim Piddock ... Brian (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Stuart Dowling Stuart Dowling ... Creditor (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Christopher Grove ... Assistant Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Uta Hagen ... Gloria (segment "The Library")
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Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A young woman goes to work in an unusual library. Written by A. Nonymous

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English

Release Date:

28 March 1986 (UK) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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"Devil's Alphabet" is not syndicated. See more »

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A crew-member's reflection is visible in Billy's car-window as he enters it. See more »

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Bad times for stand up comedy
25 May 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

TAKE MY LIFE...PLEASE! is a relatively engaging segment of THE NEW TWILIGHT ZONE, broadcast at the tail end of the first season. It's a blackly humorous storyline about a stand-up comic (Tim Thomerson, good value for money) who dies in a car accident, only to "come back" in a nightclub in purgatory where he is forced to perform psychologically painful acts over and over again.

Much of the episode relies on Thomerson's charisma and sense of humour to get by, while a youthful Xander Berkeley turns up in a minor role. The ending is one of the bleakest of the series, yet also one of the funniest.


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