Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 6

Living Doll (1 Nov. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Living Doll (original title)

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A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".


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Episode complete credited cast:
Mary LaRoche ...
Annabelle Streator (as Mary La Roche)
Tracy Stratford ...


Erich Streater is upset when his wife comes home with her daughter Christie having bought her yet another doll. Christie loves her new Talking Tina doll but her stepfather takes an immediate dislike to it. Anytime he is alone with the doll, it spouts abusive comments to the effect that it hates him and that it's going to kill him. He's convinced that his wife is behind it all, something she vehemently denies. He tries to get rid of the doll but it always seems to reappear - and also seems intent on following through with its threats. Written by garykmcd

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1 November 1963 (USA)  »

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June Foray, the voice of the "Talky Tina" doll, was also the voice of Mattel's "Chatty Cathy" doll, upon which the doll in this episode was based. See more »


After Erich steps on the doll on the stairs he falls and the doll is sent flying into the air. Yet when he finally lands at the foot of the stairs, the doll is shown rolling down the stairs. See more »


Talky Tina: My Name is Talky Tina and you'd better be nice to me.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Mr. Motivation (2002) See more »

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Twilight Zone, Sci-fi and the Dark Side of Dolls
16 June 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There was also another malevolent doll To-to from the X Minus 1 tale "Perigi's (sp?) Wonderful Dolls" in the mid '50's. This diminutive daemon had a much bigger agenda than our Little Miss Wonderful.

I believe that Bob Cummings also had a "Living Doll" that was nowhere near malevolent: Rhoda the Robot was an android trying to make it as a person in this sitcom from the middle 1960's

Along these lines was another "doll", an episode of Twilight Zone, the title of which I forget features a man who is sentenced to live a solitary life on some habitable planetoid. As an act of kindness, the fellow who brought him supplies brought him a kit to build a robot girl, with unsettling results...

So it seems that there were quite a few dolls before Chucky came to torment up. In fact, it seems that Chucky was a Johnny-Come-Lately.

As recently as 2007, I heard June Foray, being interviewed on WBZ 1030-AM being interviewed, do a but of Talky Tina

I also found interesting in the reference to the names Christie and Tina, the idea that the doll was acting out the little girl's thoughts, I thought I was the only one who got that notion

I wonder what became of the doll that was Talky Tina

For those of you wondering what became of Talky Tina: she turned up in the Thirtieth Century


where she is still cause persons a good deal of consternation.Or, maybe she came from then.


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