The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 2

One for the Angels

Aired Unknown Oct 09, 1959 on CBS
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Episode Summary

A street salesman cleverly eludes Death. But if he lives, a little girl must die in his place.

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  • Clever Title

    A nice twist. I agree with rad - I did not like Mr. Death trying to take the little girl. But a sweet and clever little tale nonetheless.
  • Tedium Zone

    kind of a jerk move by death to take the life of the little girl. He couldn't find some old dude to take his place? I don't care that eventually the oldie righted things. I got the feeling that death was just tired of hearing the man talk. At the end they tried to make the episode about how much the children loved the old man, but that didn't come across. All I saw was an old man complaining about how hot he was and selling 0 robots, which is a double whammy.moreless
  • The Devil You Know

    I enjoyed the banter between Ed Wynn and Murray Hamilton. It's a simple tale, and really stretching the truth to expect that Mr Death would be so taken in by a pitchman, but it works well as a charming and harmless tale.
  • a heart warming episode

    a must see ed wynn has outdone himself
  • Another good episode of The Twilight Zone featuring a man who must cheat death twice.

    Ed Wynn does a fine job playing an elderly salesman, who must cheat death twice: Once to save his own life and then later to save that of a young girl. This second episode of the series is another strong entry. The greatest strength of the episode is Ed Wynn's performance. Wynn, who worked on Rod Sterling's TV version of Reqeium For A Heavyweight, was a great choice to play the aging pitchman here. He makes his character likable and engaging in the short time he has available to him. Of course, the writing is strong, as it is in most Twilight Zones. Overall, I rated it 7.7 out of 10.moreless

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Street scene: summer. The present. Man on a sidewalk named Lew Bookman, age sixtyish. Occupation: pitchman. Lew Bookman, a fixture of the summer, a rather minor component to a hot July, a nondescript, commonplace little man whose life is a treadmill built out of sidewalks. In just a moment, Lew Bookman will have to concern himself with survival, because as of three o'clock this hot July afternoon he'll be stalked by Mr. Death.

    • (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.

  • NOTES (2)

    • The toy Robby The Robot featured in this episode is the Nomura (TN) 1957 Robby Mechanized Robot (aka the Kitahara #1). Someone in the prop department applied a sticker of a bloodshot human eye onto its dome to give it a distinctive, different look.

    • One of the toys being sold by Lew is of Robby The Robot. Robby "himself" was later featured in some Twilight Zone episodes.