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"Dead Man's Shoes" is an episode of the The Twilight Zone.

From the CBS Video Library cover:


Episode Details

Opening Narration

Nathan Edward Bledsoe, of the Bowery Bledsoes, a man once, a spectre 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 into the capital of the Twilight Zone.

Episode Summary

A bum, Nate Bledsoe, snatches a pair of nifty shoes from the target of a mob hit dumped in an alley, and receives a dose of personality. The shoes infuse him with the personality of the victim, and so he decides to pick up where he left off. He stops by the home of the victim's girlfriend, who does not know the face, but recognizes the manner and kiss. He then goes to a bar to deliver a message to Dagget, the boss who had him killed. Dagget is at first unsettled, but gets the drop on Nate and Nate is gunned down. Before he dies, the spirit vows to return until he finishes Dagget off. The body (with shoes) is dumped in the same place the original victim was dumped, and another bum finds the corpse and steals the shoes. As the episode ends, a look of determination slowly appears on his face.

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 into the Twilight Zone.

Preview for Next Week's Story

Perhaps no character in or out of fiction has had as much notoriety or publicity as the so-called Grim Reaper. Next week on The Twilight Zone, through the good offices of Mr. Earl Hamner, we present a unique story called "The Hunt". It concerns the demise of an old hunter and his dog. And this one we rather urgently recommend to people who have lost their senses of humor and who'd like to recover same.

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Production Companies


  • Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS) (1959) (USA) (TV) (original airing)


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Memorable Quotes

Main article: List of memorable quotes from the first series

Home media release

This episode is included on the Image Entertainment Vol. 23 DVD along with "Long Live Walter Jameson", "You Drive" and "The Long Morrow".

See Also

Notes and References


  1. CBS Video Library: Twilight Zone #? "?/?"; UPC: ?, EAN: ?, ASIN: ?; Format: NTSC, VHS, Collector's Edition (1987)


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