Miniature (The Twilight Zone)
"Miniature" The Twilight Zone episode
Robert Duvall and Claire Griswold in The Twilight Zone episode Miniature
Episode no. Season 4
Directed by Walter Grauman Written by Charles Beaumont Featured music Fred Steiner Production code 4862 Original air date February 21, 1963 Guest stars Episode chronology ← Previous
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"Miniature" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.
Charley Parkes thinks he sees a figure in a museum dollhouse that comes alive. Charley returns to the museum numerous times and gazes into the dollhouse. He keeps coming back and sees the doll in the house come alive.
Charley falls in love with the figure, a woman, but is institutionalized because of his belief that the figure of the woman (as well as a housekeeper and a man) is alive. He eventually is "rehabilitated" and is returned to the care of his mother.
On the evening of his return home, his mother, sister, brother-in-law and his former girlfriend plan to celebrate his release with him, but discover that he has escaped from the house. They contact the psychiatrist who treated Charley in the hospital and surmise that he has returned to the museum and the dollhouse.
The family members, psychiatrist and museum guards search the museum but find nothing. Except for one guard, who glances into the dollhouse and sees Charley, now a miniature figure, finally together with his love in the dollhouse, sharing a stereoscope. Smiling, the guard decides to never reveal what he's witnessed.
Because of a lawsuit, this episode was not included in the syndication package for The Twilight Zone. It was finally re-aired in 1984. When it was re-released in 1984, a colorized version had been created in an early public demonstration of the process.
This episode's reputation derives primarily from Robert Duvall's performance. It has been described as an "absolute tour-de-force" (IMDb.com); "a tour-de-force of underplaying" (Amazon.com); and "great acting" (TV.com). See the External Links below.
- DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1593931360
- Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0970331090
- Zicree, Marc Scott: The Twilight Zone Companion. Sillman-James Press, 1982 (second edition). ISBN 1-879505-09-6.
- "Miniature" at the Internet Movie Database
- TV.com episode page
- IMDb.com user comments
- Amazon.com reviews
- TV.com summary
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