Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 28

Caesar and Me (10 Apr. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" Caesar and Me (original title)

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When ventriloquist Jonathan West can not find any work his dummy Caesar suggests he turn to robbery.

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Jonathan West / Caesar (voice)
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Susan - Agnes' Niece (as Susanne Cupito)
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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 garykmcd

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This is the only episode of the series written by a woman. Adele T. Strassfield was the secretary of William Froug, the producer of the second half of the final season of Twilight Zone (1959). According to Froug, they worked out "Caesar and Me" together. See more »

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Narrator: Jonathan West, ventriloquist, a master of voice manipulation. A man late of Ireland, with a talent for putting words into other's people's mouths. In this case, the other person is a dummy, aptly named Caesar, a small splinter with large ideas, a wooden tyrant with a mind and a voice of his own, who is about to talk Jonathan West into the Twilight Zone.
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Aaaggghhhh!!!! Another dummy- takes- over- the- ventriloquist
15 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

One dimensional stupid Irish ventriloquist turns to crime on the advice of his dummy. He acts as though the dummy is his intellectual and spiritual superior and as though an autonomous dummy is common enough. It is a silly idea done too often in fantasy stories. There is hardly any narrative to this and little merit whatsoever. Apparently, the writer had only two other screen writing credits. Even Julius Moomer from The Bard would have written something better. The barrel just cant get scraped much more than this.

Avoid this one and don't let it detract from so much great writing in the Twilight Zone.


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