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The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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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 Lennie Weinrib ... Buddy Russell
John McLiam ... Guard
Barney Phillips ... Diemel
Joan Chambers Joan Chambers ... Harriet
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Guide
Richard Angarola 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.

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

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Release Date:

21 February 1963 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Despite the disorder not being known in the US at the time, Charley displays a array of classic symptoms of Asperger's Syndrome, an autistic spectrum disorder not identified in the English-speaking world until Hans Asperger's original paper was translated into English and published in 1991. See more »


The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. 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.
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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 »

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Sad story
30 January 2014 | by darrenpearce111See all my reviews

Charley Parkes (Robert Duval) is a very passive, withdrawn and insular man in his thirties who gets dismissed from his job for being a 'square peg'. Charley spends hours looking at a doll's house in a museum and starts to fall in love with a female 19th century miniature of a young woman.

Robert Duval is brilliant, playing the character with fine judgment and great consistency, but the story is much too silly and predictable. It is testament to his ability as an actor that Duval could make this watchable, because with his consummate performance all the quaintness of the story seems in some ways justified. The reality of his characterization makes this, for me, a genuinely sad tale. Nowhere else in the Zone is such a serious character put in such a ridiculous scenario.

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