Friday, October 2, 2009

Warren Stevens in TZ's Dead Man Shoes

There's a bit of a mini-Twilight Zone marathon going on at the Sci Fi channel (that was), and an episode that just ended is Dead Man's Shoes, which starred Warren Stevens.

A gangster has been killed by his partner, and his body dumped in an alley. A bum, played by Warren Stevens, comes across the body and makes off with his "Size 9, black and grey loafers, made in the old country."

Once the timid and meek bum puts on the shoes, he becomes possessed by the gangster, and his demeanor changes completely. Then, a bit later on in the episode, when he takes the shoes off briefly and is de-possessed, his demeanor changes again.

That's what I like about this episode. We get a chance to see Warren Steven's acting ability, playing two disparate characters.

In searching the web for a photo of Stevens to illustrate this article, I came across the Lex Barker website. (Barker and Stevens co-starred in three movies.)

Barker, who played Tarzan and who had a great body which he kept in shape, died of a heart attack at the age of 54. 54! Well, it's better than 37, but it just goes to show... doesn't matter how fit you are, if you've got a weak heart...

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