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 »
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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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 »
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.
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