Martin Lombard Senescu is a gentle man and the curator of Murderer's Row in Ferguson's wax museum. He loves his work and is fascinated by what drives men to commit the crimes that they do. He's informed by his boss Mr. Ferguson that the property is being sold to developers who will raze the building and erect a supermarket. Martin brings 5 of of wax figures home but after a year his wife is at her wits end. Martin spends all of his time in the basement with his beloved friends and the cost of keeping them is eating into their already limited income. When Martin finds Emma dead in the basement he buries her there. When her brother Dave shows up, he too is apparently killed. After Mr. Ferguson finally finds a buyer for the wax figures, Martin reluctantly agrees to let them go. There is an addition to he exhibit however. Written by
One of many episodes solely credited to Charles Beaumont, though due to Beaumont's failing health, Jerry Sohl was his ghostwriter. Beaumont plotted this episode with Sohl, the screenwriter. See more »
When Martin Senescu answers the couple, "Perhaps not young man..." The left most sailor (dark hair) is looking to his right, arms uncrossed, by his side. As Martin continues to speak (no break) and the camera angle changes, the sailor is now looking up and to his left, arms crossed with his left chin touching his chin. See more »
The new exhibit became very popular at Marchand's, but of all the figures, none was every regarded with more dread than that of Martin Lombard Senescu. It was something about the eyes, people said. It's the look that one often gets after taking a quick walk through the Twilight Zone.
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Martin Senescu (Martin Balsam) is a tour guide in a museum and is
obsessed with the exhibits. They are mass murderers in wax about to be
discarded as the museum's owner believes the public are no longer
thrilled by Jack the ripper and the like. Senescu cannot give up his
'friends' and so keeps them in his basement.
For me this is an ordinary horror tale that lacks depth, meaning, and
sensible human aspirations for true Zone standard. Senescu simply has
an unhealthy obsession that cannot lead to any good. So you get a weird
tale, but not a thought-provoking or an involving one. Martin Balsam
was a very fine actor, but the mad single-mindedness of this character
does not impress me. Having said all that, this would be one of the
better entries in just about any other fantasy anthology series.
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