The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Cavender Is Coming 

Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep.


Christian Nyby (as Chris Nyby)


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Jesse White ... Harmon Cavender
Carol Burnett ... Agnes Grep
Howard Smith ... Polk
Frank Behrens ... Stout
Sandra Gould ... Woman #1
Albert Carrier ... Frenchman
Barbara Morrison ... Matron
Donna Douglas ... Debutante
Danny Kulick Danny Kulick ... Child
Jack Younger Jack Younger ... Truck Driver
John Fiedler ... Field Rep #3


Inept guardian angel Harmon Cavender is given a chance to finally earn his wings by helping an unconventional big city woman, the young, awkward Agnes Grep, who has just been fired. Cavender doesn't ask her wishes, instead he puts her in posh clothes, provides her with a fortune, and moves her uptown to a fancy Park Avenue address. Written by David Stevens

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Release Date:

25 May 1962 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her youth, Carol Burnett (Agnes Grep) was fired from a job as an usherette at Hollywood's Warner Brothers Theater, which was owned by an eccentric man who forbade the usherettes from speaking to him and communicated exclusively with hand signals. At her request, her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was placed directly in front of the theater's former address at Hollywood and Wilcox. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A word to the wise now to any and all who might suddenly feel the presence of a cigar-smoking helpmate who takes bankbooks out of thin air. If you're suddenly aware of any such celestial aids, it means that you're under the beneficent care of one Harmon Cavender, guardian angel. And this message from the Twilight Zone: lotsa luck!
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Alternate Versions

This episode originally aired with an added laugh track. The laugh track was removed for the DVD release. See more »


References It's a Wonderful Life (1946) See more »

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Quite Charming
28 April 2009 | by ScaargeSee all my reviews

Not sure why the previous viewer didn't like this, but I found it both funny and charming, and well performed by both Carol Burnette and Jesse White. If you were expecting a creepy or scary TZ episode, this would definitely stick in your craw, but as a comedy from a writer normally not associated with the genre, it seems quite skillful.

Jesse White, forever associated with the Maytag Repairman role, is a kind of angel who's not quite certain how to be angelic. He's read the books but never walked the walk, and his attempts to redeem Carol Burnette's life don't quite make her as happy as he thinks she ought to be. Burnette is consistently excellent in this episode.

A good atypical episode from this series, from the same direction (the worth of conscience) but employing different means. Watch it and judge for yourself.

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