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December 19 in Twilight Zone History: Remembering actor Alan Dexter ('The Mighty Casey')

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Steve Rubin
Dec 19, 2017

Today, December 19th, This Day in Twilight Zone History remembers character actor Alan Dexter, who passed away on this day in 1983.

Dexter (1918-1983) played Beasley, the long-suffering general manager of the National League's Hoboken Zephyrs baseball club, in "The Mighty Casey." Not only does Beasley have to deal with a perpetually losing club and McGarry, a manager (Jack Warden) known for his big mouth, but he also finds out that the club's new fireballing star pitcher (Robert Sorrells) is a robot.

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Beasley (Alan Dexter, right), McGarry (Jack Warden, center) and Casey (Robert Sorrells, left) are informed by the team doctor that Casey has no heart in "The Mighty Casey."

Dexter's show business career took off in the early 1950s when he appeared in a number of feature and TV roles, including the genre movies It Came From Outer Space and I Married a Monster from Outer Space. He also joined Robert Mitchum and David Hedison aboard a U.S. Navy destroyer, battling a Nazi U-boat in the South Atlantic in The Enemy Below.

Initially, Dexter appeared opposite actor Paul Douglas in "The Mighty Casey." However, when Douglas died shortly after the show was wrapped, Rod Serling and producer Buck Houghton deemed his footage unusable.

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Inquiring about his team's prospects, general manager Beasely (Alan Dexter, left) learns from manager McGarry (Jack Warden, right) that those prospects aren't good without a new pitcher in "The Mighty Casey." 

Hence, he was replaced by a new Mouth McGarry: Jack Warden. The substitution clicked and thanks to Serling putting his own money on the table for the reshoots, we have a great episode today.

So let's hoist a field box beer to Alan Dexter and all the ballplayers that made "The Mighty Casey" mighty fine entertainment on The Twilight Zone.

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