The Twilight Zone "The Mighty Casey" original cut (lost unaired original version of TV episode; 1960)
|The only known remaining shot of Paul Douglas in the episode's final cut.|
The Mighty Casey is the 35th episode of the first season of the 1959 anthology TV series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on June 17, 1960 on CBS. The plot involves a run-down Major League Baseball team called the Hoboken Zephyrs, who allow a robot named Casey to join the team because he can throw super fast balls that are nearly impossible to hit.
The final aired episode has Jack Warden portraying Zephyrs manager "Mouth" McGarry, but the episode was originally shot and finished with actor Paul Douglas as McGarry. However, during shooting, Douglas was suffering from an incipient coronary, and his performance was adversely affected. On September 11, 1959, the day after shooting finished, Douglas died. Writer and executive producer Rod Serling decided a reshoot was necessary, but since CBS refused to finance it, his own company Cayuga Productions paid for it. The episode that aired on television and appeared in all subsequent releases is the reshot version.
The original Paul Douglas episode has never been screened, and may not even exist anymore. However, Rod Serling insisted that as much footage from the original shoot as possible be recycled for the final cut of the episode. There is one shot of Paul Douglas that remains in the episode: the very last shot, where he is seen with his back to the camera and from a great distance.