The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 3

Mr. Denton on Doomsday

Aired Unknown Oct 16, 1959 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Denton passes out and the gun appears to his right hand. When he wakes up, it's next to his left hand.

    • Although set in the Old West, modern-day (for 1959, anyway) radio antennas can be glimpsed off in the distance.

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Portrait of a town drunk named Al Denton. This is a man who's begun his dying early - a long, agonizing route through a maze of bottles. Al Denton, who would probably give an arm or a leg or a part of his soul to have another chance, to be able to rise up and shake the dirt from his body and the bad dreams that infest his consciousness. In the parlance of the times, this is a peddler, a rather fanciful-looking little man in a black frock coat. And this is the third principal character of our story. Its function: perhaps to give Mr. Al Denton his second chance.

    • Liz: Al, I think everything's gonna be all right now, understand? Charlie says you're as good with a gun now as you ever were.
      Denton: That's what Charlie says? I was good. I was real good. I was so good that once a day someone would ride into town to make me prove it, and every morning I'd start my drinking a few minutes earlier, until one morning the guy who asked me to prove it turned out to be sixteen years old. I left him there on his face, right there in front of the saloon. I left him there bleeding to death with my bullet in him. I guess it'll start all over again now. Every fast and fancy man who owns a gun will come riding in down that street, only this time it'll be me face down, bleeding to death. I think I'll go in and get a shave. I want to look proper on the day I die.

    • Denton: How much do I owe you?
      Fate: Oh, there's no charge for this. You might call this.. just a service. That's what it is. Just a service of Henry J. Fate. Just so you might remember sometime the night Fate stepped in.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Henry Fate, dealer in utensils and pots and pans, liniments and potions. A fanciful little man in a black frock coat who can help a man climbing out of a pit - or another man from falling into one. Because, you see, fate can work that way in the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • This episode originally had the lagoon opening used by most of the first season episodes, but the blinking eye opening was dubbed over when they aired this episode as a summer repeat.

    • This is one of a few episodes that feature a different opening title sequence (the camera zooms in on a large, live human eye) and narration.

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