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The Glass Eye 

Captivated by the actor's physical beauty, an aging spinster pulls up stakes to follow a ventriloquist and his dummy from performance to performance; finally, the man consents to a much-wanted meeting.


Robert Stevens


Stirling Silliphant (teleplay), John Keir Cross (story)




Episode complete credited cast:
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself - Host
Jessica Tandy ... Julia Lester
Tom Conway ... Max Collodi
Rosemary Harris ... Dorothy Whitely
William Shatner ... Jim Whitely
Patricia Hitchcock ... Saleslady (as Pat Hitchcock)
Arthur Gould-Porter Arthur Gould-Porter ... Hotel Manager (as A.E. Gould-Porter)
Billy Barty ... George
Nelson Welch Nelson Welch ... Emcee
Colin Campbell Colin Campbell ... Old Man
Paul Playdon Paul Playdon ... Allan


While cleaning out the apartment of his dead cousin Julia, Jim Whitely comes across a strange glass eye and tells to his wife the story of how his cousin acquired it. Julia had fallen in love with a famous ventriloquist named Max Collodi. She had been to all his performances and had sent letters requesting to meet him. One day, Max agrees to meet her. She arrives to his hotel room to find him sitting in darkness with his dummy George. As they talk, Julia gives in to an impulse to touch Max. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

6 October 1957 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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According to Jim's narration, Julia was in her thirties when she met Max Collodi. Jessica Tandy, the actress playing Julia, was forty-eight years old at the time this episode was first broadcast. See more »


Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Dummy (1962) See more »

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Beware the Glass Eye
11 June 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

What's the story behind the glass eye? In fact, it's an entertaining one that blends a poignant human theme with a couple moments of outright horror. Jessica Tandy gives an ace performance as a lonely spinster who becomes something of a 19th century groupie, following the handsome ventriloquist Tom Conway on his theatrical tours. However, she gets more than she bargained for. The entry would have been more memorable had the producers been willing to cast a genuinely plain-faced woman in the role, instead of the attractive Miss Tandy. Nonetheless, the episode is really distinguished by a touching script from up-and-coming TV writer Stirling Silliphant, who would later win an Emmy and make his mark with the ground-breaking series Route 66. Solid Hitchcock entry.

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