When ‘Twilight Zone’ Visited the Bowery [VIDEO]
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Whenever the national holidays roll around, SyFy always revives their Twilight Zone marathons. And in the past, we’ve been known to partake. The stories are just too addictive. In conversation with some friends, we were recently reminded of episode 83 in season 3 that originally aired in 1962 – “Dead Man’s Shoes.”
It’s one of the more well-known tales in the classic series, and was even remade a couple times. The plot follows a Bowery bum named Nate Bledsoe (of the Bowery Bledsoes) who nabs a shiny pair of shoes from a dead man in a derelict alleyway. In doing so, he eventually assumes the mob identity of the deceased, and goes after the killer.
The episode was most definitely not filmed on location, but a soundstage. Here’s the introduction by Rod Serling (spark a cigarette):
Nathan Edward Bledsoe of the Bowery Bledsoes. A man once a specter now one of those myriad modern day ghosts that haunt that haunt the reeky 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 right into the capital of the Twilight Zone.