The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mr. Denton on Doomsday 

The town drunk in the old-west faces his past when Fate lends a hand.

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In the Far West, the drunkard Al Denton is bullied by the gunman Dan Hotaling to get some booze. The mysterious Henry J. Fate observes the humiliation and Al Denton finds a revolver on the street. When Dan sees Al Denton with a revolver on his hand, he challenges the drunk for a gunfighter. Fate observes again and makes a movement with his hand that will change the life of Al Denton. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 October 1959 (USA)  »

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French title: 'La seconde chance' See more »

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Right after Denton drinks from the broken liquor bottle at the beginning of the story, he's shown with a large scratch on the right side of his face. In the next scene with Liz, the scratch is gone. See more »

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Rod Serling - Narrator: [Opening Narration] Portrait of a town drunk named Al Denton. This is a man who's begun his dying early - a long, agonizing route through a maze of bottles. Al Denton, who would probably give an arm or a leg or a part of his soul to have another chance, to be able to rise up and shake the dirt from his body and the bad dreams that infest his consciousness.
[Shot of Henry J. Fate]
Rod Serling - Narrator: [Narration continues] In the parlance of the times, this is a peddler, a rather fanciful-looking little man in a black,...
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Stenka Razin
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'How dry I am '
22 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

A story about self-esteem and a man about a million miles away from regaining his. Film noir veteran Dan Duryea plays Denton, a washed-up, drunk former gun-fighter. Western scenarios tend to wear less well with time than other TZ's. When Denton tells of turning away from gun-fighting after being challenged by a sixteen-year old I had to chuckle remembering the Waco Kid's version of such an event in 'Blazing Saddles'.

Jeanne Cooper plays the woman urging Denton to find his self respect. Martin Landau plays the mean and nasty gun-slinger. It all adds up to a well-acted, good little yarn that is over-shadowed by so many great episodes in series one.


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