Ventriloquist Jonathan West isn't having much luck finding a job. He's gone to several auditions but no one taken him on. He's falling behind in his rent and is now getting to the point where he's running out of things to pawn. He has to put up with the taunts of young Susan, the landlady's niece. He's also talking to his dummy, Caesar, who has advice for him on how to get ahead. It's not very good advice however. Written by
Little girl and a wooden doll, a lethal dummy in the shape of a man. But everybody knows dummies can't talk - unless, of course, they learn their vocabulary in the Twilight Zone.
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Nothing against the superb Jackie Cooper in yet another star turn as the quintessential Irish immigrant, but this episode proved to be a rather pedestrian dedux of the Cliff Robertson version, which possessed are more drama and originality, in my opinion. As others here clearly agree, "the wooden dummy come to life" scenario is a pretty old saw, and this tale only confirms it. Perhaps the show's only truly redeeming quality was the sad reality that poor, desperate people will do anythingincluding committing crimes that they would never even dream of in normal circumstancesjust to put food in their bellies and a roof over their heads. Perhaps there's an important lesson in this, particularly in these recessionary times. The only thing that really delighted me about the entire production was the fact that the little girl was portrayed by none other than Morgan Brittany, the film star who grew up to be one of my personal heartthrobs of the 80's, her incredible blue eyes still as vibrant beautiful today as ever.
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