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Thursday, August 20, 2015


Hosted by Rod Serling
Guest Stars:  Ed Wynn, Murray Hamilton, Dana Dillaway, Jay Overholts, Merritt Bohn
Directed by Robert Parrish
(actor & director credits courtesy

An aging pitchman who sells his wares on street corners encounters Mr. Death, who notifies him his time on this world is up.

This installment is a nice character showcase with classic comedian Ed Wynn turning in a fine performance, immediately capturing the audience's sympathy from his first moments on screen, and plays off Hamilton quite well.  Serling's script for this episode gets perhaps a bit too over the top in the final moments, but this is a quality tale of fantasy which sells itself to the audience convincingly without special effects, not unlike Wynn's pitchman.

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