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Take My Life... Please!/Devil's Alphabet/The Library 

Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A ... See full summary »

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Ben Bolt, John D. Hancock (as John Hancock) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Rod Serling (created by), Gordon Mitchell | 4 more credits »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Thomerson ... Billy Diamond (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Ray Buktenica ... Max (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
Xander Berkeley ... Dave (segment "Take My Life...Please!")
James MacKrell James MacKrell ... Marty (segment "Take My Life...Please!") (as Jim McKrell)
Ben Cross ... Frederick (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Hywel Bennett ... Grant (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Robert Schenkkan ... Eli (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Wayne Alexander ... Cornelius (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Ethan Phillips ... Deaver (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Osmund Bullock Osmund Bullock ... Andrew (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Jim Piddock ... Brian (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Stuart Dowling Stuart Dowling ... Creditor (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Christopher Carroll Christopher Carroll ... Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Christopher Grove ... Assistant Chimney Sweep (segment "Devil's Alphabet")
Uta Hagen ... Gloria (segment "The Library")
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Comedian Billy Diamond plays a tough gig in the afterlife. "Devil's Alphabet": In Victorian England, Cambridge graduates are bound by a youthful oath even after they die. "The Library": A young woman goes to work in an unusual library. Written by A. Nonymous

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Language:

English

Release Date:

18 July 1990 (Netherlands) See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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"Take My Life...Please!" has no opening narration. Neither "Devil's Alphabet" nor "The Library" has any narration, at either the beginning or the end. The title is based upon the Henny Youngman joke, "Now take my wife. Please!" See more »

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A crew-member's reflection is visible in Billy's car-window as he enters it. See more »

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We Are Mere Mortals
25 April 2017 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

The first episode does make on think about what eternity would be as an insensitive and conniving standup comic is killed when confronted by a man he stole from. He finds himself in a hell where he has to do his act and can only get a laugh when he admits some of his horrible acts, including causing the death of his mother. It is really painful to watch. The second is a fin de siecle group of spoiled college boys, led by an arrogant jerk, who have formed some sore of pact to continue their ridiculous antics, even beyond death. The whole thing seems lacking in storytelling. The third is the most creative as a plain young woman gets a job in a very strange library. She comes to realize that the books in the library are the life stories of all people living on earth. The thing is, she can make changes and does so for selfish reasons. This leads to great distress. Very original idea.


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