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The Twilight Zone: Dead Man's Shoes

After stealing a pair of shoes from a murdered gangster, a down and out man finds himself following in the dead mans footsteps.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x18
Production Number: 4824
Airdate: Friday January 19th, 1962

Guest Stars
Warren StevensWarren Stevens
As Nate Bledsoe

Co-Guest Stars
Ben WrightBen Wright
As Chips
Richard DevonRichard Devon
As Bernie Dagget
Florence MarlyFlorence Marly
As Dagget's Woman (as Florence Marley)
Joseph MellJoseph Mell
As Jimmy (as Joseph Mell)

Eugene BordenEugene Borden
As Maitre D'
Susie GarrettSusie Garrett
As Pianist
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Gangsters drive into an alleyway, look around, and then dump off a dead man behind some crates. Nathan Edward Bledsoe, a bum, is sleeping on the fire escape above. He wakes up and stumbles down, and sees the corpse. After checking for a pulse and figuring the man is dead, he goes through the pockets and takes the man's keys. He then strips off the corpse's expensive shoes and puts them on. He hears a siren and quickly runs off down the street. Two other bums, Sam and Chips, approach him and figure he's had some kind of windfall. They want in on it but Nate walks away from them, then pauses by a mirror weight machine and looks at his reflection. The two men try to stop him and he brusquely tells them to leave off and then continues on his way...

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Episode Notes
This episode was remade as an episode for the 1985 revival of The Twilight Zone. It was entitled "Dead Woman's Shoes".

Ben Wright was also in "Judgment Night" and "Deaths-head Revisited."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Nathan Edward Bledsoe, of the Bowery Bledsoes', a man once, a specter now. One of those myriad modern-day ghosts that haunt the reeking nights of the city in search of a flop, a handout, a glass of forgetfulness. Nate doesn't know it but his search is about to end, because those shiny new shoes are going to carry him right into the capital of the Twilight Zone.

Dagget: The, uh, fellow who gave you the message, what'd he look like?
Nate: Ah, Bernie, my business is forgetting, not remembering.

Closing Narration
There's an old saying that goes, 'If the shoe fits, wear it.' But be careful. If you happen to find a pair of size nine black-and-gray loafers, made to order in the old country, be very careful--you might walk right into the Twilight Zone.

Episode Goofs
Charles Beaumont was given sole writer's credit on this episode, although OCee Ritch wrote the original draft.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
Set DecoratorH. Web Arrowsmith  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorPhilip Barber  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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