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The Twilight Zone: One for the Angels

Mr. Bookman, a sidewalk salesman convinces Mr. Death to allow him the one big pitch he has always dreamed of, before he is to die.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 173-3608
Airdate: Friday October 09th, 1959

Director: Robert Parrish
Writer: Rod Serling


Guest Stars
Jay OverholtsJay Overholts
As The Doctor
Dana DillawayDana Dillaway
As Maggie
Merritt BohnMerritt Bohn
As The Truck Driver
Murray HamiltonMurray Hamilton
As Mr. Death
Mickey MagaMickey Maga
As Ricky


Lew Bookman, a sidewalk salesman is informed by a man in a black suit that he is to die at midnite. Lew begs Mr. Death to allow him to make that one big pitch he has always desired and then would gladly go with him. Having tried to deceive him Mr. Death makes a truck hit a little girl from the neighborhood who would take his place if he didn't come with him in time. In order to take Maggie with him he must be in her room by midnite. Lew makes his big pitch watched by Mr. Death and makes him miss his deadline. Having saved Maggie and made his best ever pitch, Lew happily goes off with Mr. Death...

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Episode Notes
Ed Wynn is the father of Keenan Wynn, who appeared in "A World of His Own."

The toy Robby the Robot featured in this episode is the Nomura 1957 Robby Mechanized Robot. Someone in the prop department applied a sticker of a blood shot human eye onto its dome to give it a distinctive, different look. The Robot, Robby "himself" was later featured in some Twilight Zone episodes.

Dana Dillaway also appears in "I Sing The Body Electric."

Jay Overholts appears in 8 episodes.

Merritt Bohn returns in "Steel."

Murray Hamilton appears in the short lived B.J. and the Bear as Rutherford T. Grant, but may be best known as the mayor in the film Jaws.

This episode takes place on July 19, 1960.

Episode Quotes
Lew Bookman: Well, just between you and me, I never made a truly big pitch. I mean, I mean a big pitch, a pitch big enough for the skies to open up. You know, a pitch for the angels. Of course, that wouldn't mean very much to you, but it would mean a great deal to me. It would mean that for one moment in my whole life I would have done something successful. It would mean that maybe the children would be very proud of me.

Lew Bookman: Ladies and gentlemen, if you will feast your eyes on probably the most exciting invention since atomic energy, a simulated silk, so fabulously conceived as to mystify even the ancient Chinese silk manufacturers. An almost unbelievable attention to detail. Witness, if you will, a demonstration of tensile strength. Feel that, if you will sir. Unbelievable, isn't it? As strong as steel, yet as fragile and delicate as Shantuang Silk. Picture if you will, three hundred years of backbreaking research and labor to develop this, the absolute ultimate in thread. And what would you expect to pay for this fabulous, I say fabulous, incredible amazing development of the tailor's art? Would you pay thirty dollars a spool? Twenty five? Twenty? Ten? Well very well you might, sir, if you were trying to purchase this in stores. But this fantastic thread is not in stores. It is smuggled in by Oriental birds especially trained for ocean travel, each carrying a minute quantity in a small satchel underneath their ruby throats. It takes eight hundred thirty two crossings to supply enough thread to go around one spool. And tonight, at my special get-acquainted introductory mid July Hot Summer Sale, I offer you this fabulous thread, not at twenty dollars a spool, not at ten, not at five, but at the ridiculously low price of twenty five cents a spool!
Mr. Death: I'll take all you have!

Lew Bookman: Oh, excuse me. I forgot something. I'll be back in a minute. You never know who might need something up there. Up there?
Mr. Death: Up there, Mr. Bookman. You made it.

Closing Narration
Narrator: 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.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorLyle Boyer
CastingMillie Gusse
Set DecoratorRudy Butler
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorWilliam Ferrari  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
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