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.


(as Walter E. Grauman)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Parkes
Myra Russell
Dr. Wallman
Buddy Russell
Joan Chambers ...
Chet Stratton ...
Richard Angarola ...
The Suitor
Nina Roman ...
The Maid
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)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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When this episode was rebroadcast for the first time in 1984 as part of the "Twilight Zone Silver Anniversary Special" portions of it were colorized for the rebroadcast. See more »


The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. 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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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Call (1988) See more »

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an outstanding performance by Robert Duvall
10 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

Most "Twilight Zone" episodes are trite garbage, and this one is no different. It's "obvious" to a fault -- you know exactly how it's going to end right from the start. I'm giving it a 10, though, simply because of Robert Duvall's exceptional performance.

It's of a quality one would expect in a feature film. His character is distant and unsympathetic, not the way one would expect the protagonist of such a story to be played. But it shows just how unable he is to get along in this world.

I've probably seen every episode of "The Twilight Zone", and I don't remember any performance remotely as good as this one. Indeed, it's one of the great performances in the history of series TV.

An addendum... I note that /my/ rating for this episode is only three "helpfuls" out of 31. (I see the same thing with my Amazon reviews.) It appears that readers are looking solely for confirmation of their opinions -- not any insight into the episode.

The fact is that "The Twilight Zone" /was/ a highly uneven series. Much of it is, indeed, trite garbage -- heavy-handed "message" stories, tales with trivially ironic or O Henry-ish twist endings. Is the fact that "Miniature" was written by Charles Beaumont supposed to add cachet to what is a shallow and worse-than-mediocre story?

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