Saturday Frights: Twilight Zone – “Mr. Denton On Doomsday” (1959)

Saturday Frights - Sean Hartter
Welcome back friends to another episode of Saturday Frights. For your viewing pleasure this evening we have the third episode from season one of the Twilight Zone entitled “Mr. Denton on Doomsday”. It concerns of course one Mr. Denton (Dan Duryea) a once famous gunslinger who has lapsed into alcoholism, allowing himself to be made the town fool by an overbearing bully (Martin Landau) just so he might have a drink. This all changes however when Fate steps in, Henry J. Fate (Malcolm Atterbury), a peddler offering salvation in a bottle.

This episode originally aired on October 16, 1959 and was written by Rod Serling himself. Like most of the classic Twilight Zone what makes this episode stand out is not the touch of the supernatural but the acting and writing make you feel for the characters. You know what it is like to be Al Denton thanks to Duryea’s performance, his character is a hauntingly sad man that just needs a second chance.

As always I want to thank Sean Hartter for the awesome artwork you see up top! Remember…you can’t spell Art without Hartter. Ahem.


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