The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 6

Escape Clause

Aired Unknown Nov 06, 1959 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • For all the creativity Bedeker put into his attempts to cash in on endangering his life, he seems not to have considered ways to avoid the life sentence. He could attempt to escape, for example. He certainly wouldn't be killed in the attempt, after all.

    • Actor Nesdon Booth's credit is mispelled as "Nesden Booth" in the closing credits.

  • Quotes

    • Bedeker: Ethel, there's a draft in here, and I feel a coma coming on.

    • Bedeker: Who are you?
      Cadwallader: Cadwallader's my name. At least, that's the name I'm using this month. It has a nice feel on the tongue. "Cad-wall-ah-der."

    • Cadwallader: (to Bedeker in jail cell, after the "escape clause" is invoked) Funny look like a man having a heart attack...just like a man having a heart attack.

    • Bedeker: (to his wife) Ethel, you are a potato pancake; you're as tasteless as a potato pancake.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: There's a saying, 'Every man is put on Earth condemned to die, time and method of execution unknown.' Perhaps this is as it should be. Case in point: Walter Bedeker, lately deceased, a little man with such a yen to live. Beaten by the Devil, by his own boredom, and by the scheme of things in this, the Twilight Zone.

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: You're about to meet a hypochondriac. Witness Mr. Walter Bedeker, age forty-four, afraid of the following: death, disease, other people, germs, draft, and everything else. He has one interest in life, and that's Walter Bedeker. One preoccupation: the life and well-being of Walter Bedeker. One abiding concern about society: that if Walter Bedeker should die, how will it survive without him?

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