When he hears his young daughter Tina calling out in the night, Chris Miller go to her room but finds she isn't there. At first he thinks she fallen off the bed or slid herself under it but despite hearing her call out she's nowhere to be seen. He gets help from a friend, Bill, who concludes that Tina has slid through a portal into another dimension. They find the portal opening but Tina is lost inside and Chris goes in after her. Written by
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When Bill draws chalk marks on the left-hand side of the 4th dimension entryway to mark it, they have disappeared when the camera shows the wall again after his close-up. See more »
Missing: one frightened little girl. Name: Bettina Miller. Description: six years of age, average height and build, light brown hair, quite pretty. Last seen being tucked in bed by her mother a few hours ago. Last heard - "Ay, there's the rub", as Hamlet put it. For Bettina Miller can be heard quite clearly, despite the rather curious fact that she can't be seen, at all. Present location? Let's say for the moment - in The Twilight Zone.
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Little Girl Lost is an offbeat, nicely done Twilight Zone from the show's third season. After some weak episodes, this one, written by Richard Matheson, really scores. I wouldn't call it one of the best of the series but its high in the second tier.
A young suburban couple are awakened from their sleep by the sound of their daughter's crying, but when they go to look for her she's not in her room. The family dog's bark can also be faintly heard; but he's not there, either.
A scientist friend is called and he tells them the bad news: the child and dog have slipped into another dimension. He doesn't call it the twilight zone must he may as well have, as that's what it is.
The scientist manages to find a spot in the wall behind the child's bed that appears to be a kind of hole in the wall,--only there ain't no hole, but his hand disappears into it when he touches it--and he proceeds to outline it with a piece of chalk.
In short time the father enters the twilight world into which his daughter has apparently, as the scientist puts it, "fallen into"; and the dog is there, too. It's weird and trippy looking, and it feels like a planetarium designed by a madman.
Not quite outer space, it's strange place with no boundaries. Nowadays we might call it a parallel universe. At the time the episode was made it was more like nowhere.
Kudos for the studio art department for creating this eerie and yet oddly seductive place. I'd love to have seen more of it. The child and her dog are saved, but just barely, as the hole in the wall was apparently in the process of closing up just prior to their return.
There's some food for thought in Little Girl Lost; and it's difficult not to be intrigued by its basic premise. The scientific ideas, such as they can be called, aren't all that well presented but they're good enough for a well above average half-hour of television.
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