The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Night of the Meek 

After a derelict Santa Claus is fired on Christmas Eve, he finds a mysterious bag that gives out presents. With this bag he sets out to fulfill his one wish - to see the less fortunate inherit the bounties of Christmas.


Jack Smight


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Art Carney ... Henry Corwin
John Fiedler ... Mr. Dundee
Robert P. Lieb Robert P. Lieb ... Flaherty
Val Avery ... The Bartender
Meg Wyllie ... Sister Florence
Kay Cousins Johnson Kay Cousins Johnson ... Irate Mother (as Kay Cousins)
Burt Mustin ... Old Man


Henry Corwin is a down and outer who is normally unemployed and who definitely drinks too much. Every year however, he works as a department store Santa Claus. This year however, he's spent just a little too much time in the bar and is quite drunk by the time he shows up for work. He's fired of course and deeply regrets what he's done. In fact, Henry has a big heart and worries not only about the children he's disappointed at the store but about all of those children who will not get what they've asked for Christmas. When he comes across a large bag of gifts, everything changes for the kids and for himself as well. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

23 December 1960 (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?


This episode takes place on December 24, 1960. See more »


Bruce the bartender misspells Merry as 'Mery' on the mirror behind his bar. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Mr. Henry Corwin, normally unemployed, who once a year takes the lead role in the uniquely popular American institution, that of a department store Santa Claus in a road 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.
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Alternate Versions

In the syndicated reruns and DVD versions, Rod Serling's final line "And a Merry Christmas, to each and all" is deleted. The line was restored in the Blu-ray release and the Netflix streaming version. See more »


Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: US-1 #3 (2014) See more »


Joy To The World
Lyrics by Isaac Watts
Music by Lowell Mason
Performed by Meg Wyllie
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Santa Claus
26 May 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The unemployed drunkard Henry Corwin has been hired by a department store for a temporary work as Santa Claus. During his leisure period, he drinks too much and is fired by the manager. While walking back home, Henry finds a bag of gifts and fulfills his dream of providing Christmas gifts to his neighborhood. Who is the owner of the magic bag?

"The Night of the Meek" is a beautiful Christmas tale with the story of a man with big heart that understands his needy neighborhood. The conclusion is poignant. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "A Noite dos Humildes" ("The Night of the Meek")

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