Thursday, December 13, 2012

Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek (1960)

Peace On Earth... from "Night of the Meek."
Twilight Zone - The Night of the Meek (1960) - TV review plus screencaps:
The Night of the Meek
"The Night of the Meek," a Christmas episode of the Twilight Zone features this introductory narration from Rod Serling: "This is Mr. Henry Corwin, normally unemployed.  Who, once a year takes the lead role in a uniquely popular American institution, that of the department store Santa Claus, in a road show company version of "The Night Before Christmas."  But in just a moment, Mr. Henry Corwin, ersatz Santa Claus, will enter a strange kind of North Pole, which is one part the wondrous spirit of Christmas, and one part the magic that can only be found... in the TWILIGHT ZONE."
Rod the Mod
It features Art Carney as a drunken department store Santa Claus who discovers a magical sack that gives out the perfect present to everyone he encounters.  But what starts out as a "Christmas miracle" starts to take a sinister turn when...  when...  uhh... DAMN IT!  It never turns sinister!  It's just heartwarming holiday magic throughout.  Twilight Zone -- I expected better of you!  I'm trying to write about CREEPY Christmas stuff, and I thought the Twilight Zone would be perfect for that.  But, oh no, you had to go off and be cheerful and happy!  Thanks, for nothing, Twilight Zone!


Christmas elements in "Night of the Meek":
  • Ahh, the whole damn thing is one big, flippin', Christmas miracle.  Bah!  Humbug!

Rating: Unrated

Twilight Zone Space Fog

The Twilight Zone

Department Store Christmas

Santa Claus Will Return

Santa Claus is an Alcoholic

Santa Claus's Drunken Ramblings

Santa Claus Tries to Steal a Bottle of Booze

Drunken Santa Claus Nearly Gets Run Down by a Car

Drunken Santa Collapses in the Snow

Crying Kids Ask Santa for a Job for Their Daddy.  ...Merry Christmas, Everybody!

Toy Train Set

Santa Claus is Fired by Piglet

Santa's Magic Sack

Santa Spreads Cheer to the Bums in the Mission

"Eff Christmas!"  Says the Cop.   "Santa's Under Arrest!"

Police Station

Bumming it on the Steps

Elves, Reindeer, and WTF

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