The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Caesar and Me 

When Irish ventriloquist Jonathan West cannot find any work, his dummy Caesar suggests that he turn to robbery.


Robert Butler


Adele T. Strassfield, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Jonathan West / Caesar (voice)
Morgan Brittany ... Susan - Agnes' Niece (as Susanne Cupito)
Sarah Selby ... Agnes Cudahy - Landlady
Don Gazzaniga ... Detective
Stafford Repp ... Pawnbroker


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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

10 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Jackie Cooper's name previously appeared on a poster for the film O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935), in which he starred, in The Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963). See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: 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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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Another Dummy Story Redux!
19 December 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This time it's Jackie Cooper. Last time it was Cliff Robertson. And again there is a ventriloquist's dummy that is smarter than these guys. They are also vengeful and evil. They are the smart ones too. In this episode Jackie has a phony Irish accent. He is immigrant stock that has come by a dummy. He lives in a small apartment. He is down on his luck and needs money badly. The dummy talks him into robbing a nightclub where he has auditioned. Thrown into the mix is a bad seed child, a mean tempered little brat who listens at keyholes and talks down to adults. It's a ridiculous episode with motivations that don't even fit well in this strange fantasy world. You can only go so far with the threatening visage of a block of wood.

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