Saturday Frights: The Twilight Zone – “Dead Man’s Shoes” (1962)

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With yesterday’s 80s Anthologies podcast post, one of the segments of that episode we found ourselves discussing was the remake of this 1962 Charles Beaumont penned episode entitled ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’. While I thought the remake ‘Dead Woman’s Shoes’ was a good example of the 1985 Twilight Zone series I much prefer the original episode.

This episode deals with a homeless man named Nathan Edward Bledsoe (Warren Stevens) who stumbles across the corpse of slain mobster Dane in an alley, taking a moment to steal a pair of keys and the dead man’s shoes, Nate hightails it out of the alley when he hears approaching Police sirens. The shoes seem to have a mind of their own or maybe that should be Dane has his own plans on which way he is headed. For you see that when Nate is wearing the shoes his personality is overtaken by that of the slain mobster and Dane is looking for some payback.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen to the latest 80s Anthologies: Episode By Episode then watch this episode first and give it a listen to find out how the remake changed the story a little.

VicSage

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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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