The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.


Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Duvall ... Charley Parkes
Pert Kelton ... Mrs. Parkes
Barbara Barrie ... Myra Russell
William Windom ... Dr. Wallman
Lennie Weinrib ... Buddy Russell
John McLiam ... Guard
Barney Phillips ... Diemel
Joan Chambers Joan Chambers ... Harriet
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Guide
Richard Angarola ... The Suitor
Nina Roman Nina Roman ... The Maid
Claire Griswold Claire Griswold ... The Doll


Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.

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Release Date:

21 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Duvall and an uncredited Sally Kellerman would later play infamous lovers Frank Burns and Hot Lips in the movie MASH (1970). See more »


When Charley smashes the showcase glass in the museum to save the girl from being attacked, the dollhouse shown behind is revealed to be empty. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] They never found Charley Parkes, because the guard didn't tell them what he saw in the glass case. He knew what they'd say, and he knew they'd be right, too, because seeing is not always believing - especially if what you see happens to be an odd corner - of The Twilight Zone.
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Alternate Versions

A syndicated version from 1984 has some of the doll scenes in color in one of the first public demonstrations of colorized black and white films. The Definitive Season Four DVD collection contains theses scenes as part of the "extras". Unfortunately, the scenes are extracted from the show and are put together, out of context, but at least you do get to see the portions of the doll house and the characters who were all colorized. Interestingly, the colorization actually gets better as the piece progresses, with the higher quality color segments nearer the end of the program. See more »


Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Call (1988) See more »

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Big Fascination with a Little World
23 September 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid entry thanks to actor Duvall. If his weirdo Charlie doesn't convince then the hour doesn't work. That's a big challenge for Duvall's normally sinister types. Here his workaholic Charley is affectless, reacting unemotionally to most any situation. Seems almost like his insides are dead to the world, while he walks through life like an emotional zombie. That is, until he finds another world at the museum. There in a miniature house sits a miniature girl, beautiful and feminine to the eye, especially Charley's. He's fascinated. Soon he's spending all his time in front of the miniature tableau, while the girl seems to come mutely alive, along with a maid and a villainous suitor. So what's with poor obsessed Charlie or maybe even with the wooden miniatures who appear no longer wooden.

Of course, TZ was premised on the supposed boundaries of science and what might lie beyond. That's the case here, when Charlie is sent to a clinic for therapy to deal with his obsession. In the psychologist's view, Charlie's clearly deluded. But is he. My only gripe with the hour is brother-in-law Buddy (Weinrib). Did he have to be such a clown; maybe the producers figured the narrative needed comedy relief. Anyway, kudos to actor Duvall for showing he's superb even as a non-gangster. And kudos to writer Beaumont for the fitting upshot.

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