The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
14 user


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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

museum | misfit | doll | dollhouse | piano | See All (10) »



Parents Guide:

View content advisory »






Release Date:

21 February 1963 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Because of a lawsuit, this episode was not included in the syndication package for The Twilight Zone. It was finally re-aired in 1984 as "The Miniature" (see Alternate Versions). 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.
See more »

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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Small world
6 January 2010 | by maraudertheslashnymphSee all my reviews

Robert Duvall delivers a subtly affecting performance as a man who seems utterly bewildered by how to react to the world around him. Minutes into the episode, you feel really bad for this guy. He has no friends, his boss fires him because he doesn't fit in at the office, and he's under the constant, unrelenting thumb of his smothering mother. There are social rules, but no one ever gave Charley Parkes the rule book. Rather than be angry at his situation, he's passive to the point where, were he a real person, he'd probably snap someday and end up a serial killer.

Instead, Charley "meets" a beautiful young woman who plays the pianoforte - she's a doll in a dollhouse in a museum, and he swears she moves around the dollhouse and is threatened by another doll. It's sad because we see how Charley could be a gentle and caring boyfriend, if only he could figure out how to find and get to know a real woman like this. He's trapped in the "smallness" of his world, its limited options as he sees them. Terrific acting.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 14 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed