Ventriloquist Jonathan West isn't having much luck finding a job. He's gone to several auditions but no one taken him on. He's falling behind in his rent and is now getting to the point where he's running out of things to pawn. He has to put up with the taunts of young Susan, the landlady's niece. He's also talking to his dummy, Caesar, who has advice for him on how to get ahead. It's not very good advice however.Written by
A little girl and a wooden doll. A lethal dummy in the shape of a man. But everybody knows dummies can't talk - unless, of course, they learn their vocabulary in The Twilight Zone.
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Personable ventriloquist lets dummy do thinking for him.
Most variations on the diabolical dummy-- of which there are many-- keep the secret until the end whatever it might be. This one doesn't. We know from the outset that the wooden man is alive in some sense. He walks and talks with Cooper, but only when he decides to. Inferior episode, with neither suspense, atmosphere, nor even a half-baked moral to the proceedings. Cooper seems to have wandered in from a charm school where dummies are expected to talk since he never registers the slightest surprise that he's not really a ventriloquist. In fact, getting right down to it, the whole script makes very little sense, appearing to have been patched together. Best part is the bratty little girl, who really deserves a lot worse than she gets.
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