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The Twilight Zone: The Night of the Meek

A down and out department store Santa gets his wish to be the biggest gift giver of all, and bring joy to those who need it most on a special Christmas Eve.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x11
Production Number: 173-3663
Airdate: Friday December 23rd, 1960

Director: Jack Smight
Writer: Rod Serling


At a department store during the Christmas holiday, Children are in line to see Santa, who is absent. Manager Mr. Dundee assures them that Santa will be back at 6 p.m. . Meanwhile, Henry Corwin, the department store Santa, is drinking at a nearby bar at 6:30. As he finishes his sixth drink, two children see him and knock on the window to get his attention. Corwin waves to them, then wonders why there isn't a real Santa. The bartender, less than sympathetic, wants Corwin to pay his tab. Corwin pays up and staggers outside, and the same children come up and ask him for Christmas presents and a job for their father. Corwin, depressed, can't do anything but weep. ..

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