Today, January 12th, This Day in Twilight Zone History celebrates the 1962 premiere of "One More Pallbearer."
Joseph Wiseman stars as wealthy businessman Paul Radin, who has built a sophisticated bomb shelter 300 feet beneath his New York City office building. Into this "sanctuary," he invites three people with whom he seeks revenge upon for past deeds: a colonel who court-martialed him (Trevor Bardette); a teacher who caught him cheating (Katherine Squire); and a reverend (Gage Clarke) who blamed him for the suicide of a young girl.
Given the measured way Joseph Wiseman delivers dialogue and his menacing demeanor, it's not surprising that producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman cast him as the first James Bond movie villain: Dr. No. Polished, ruthless, and possessing prosthetic hands, he was a formidable adversary for young Sean Connery's 007.
Of course, the storyline of a wealthy individual inviting former adversaries to their lair was a well-used one by the time Rod Serling appropriated it for "One More Pallbearer." Actor Vincent Price – in a number of horror films – always seemed to be inviting people to one last feast before the mayhem began.
So let's toast another TZ trip down Armageddon lane, where the warning always states "be careful whose invitation you accept" ... especially when the RSVP is addressed to The Twilight Zone.