Thoughts: The moral inflictions of this narrative are genius. Both emotionally taxing and mentally challenging, this is a tale to really wrap your head around. It’s the kind of piece that pulls at the heart strings and keeps the wheels upstairs moving. Fueled by the exchanges shared between performers Ed Wynn and Murray Hamilton, One for the Angels is proof that sometimes flash has no place in a story. Sometimes an awesome story is just an awesome story.
It’s a joy watching a very young Murray Hamilton work his craft. He’s still nearly a baby – this was long before the man’s days as the naïve Mayor Larry Vaughn – but he’s got a presence about him that is certainly uncanny. When Murray’s in front of the camera, the audience pays attention. This episode of The Twilight Zone is no different.
While this story needs no flair thanks to the chemistry between Wynn and Hamilton, the set pieces actually feel quite full and elaborate. During The Twilight Zone’s run we witnessed many episodes that showcased bare sets with next to zero props. This episode however is rich with props, large and small, and the attention to detail is really something to behold.
Verdict: An obvious winner, this was just the thing to keep momentum growing for Rod Serling. Episode one was a lonely display, episode two was loaded with intimate exchanges and a wide variety of emotions to contemplate. Strong acting only increase the enjoyment value, although it must be noted that the finale is somewhat predictable.