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
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 »
When Erich trips over Tina on the stairs and falls down them, she falls a few steps herself to be approximately three-fourths of the way down. but in the next shot of when she continues the fall down to join him at the bottom, she is starting to do so from the very middle of the stairs, some six steps up from where she should have been. See more »
Alright, if you think about it, the story is pretty silly and has had the disservice of many worse imitators. However, Telly Savalas gives a strong performance as Erich, the mean step-father of a little girl with a very special doll. Watched nowadays I don't think it retains the scary quality that people tend to remember, but it is well executed. Mary La Roche (from A World Of His Own, series one) is the gentle mother living under her cold husband's thumb. The great voice actress of Looney Tunes and hundreds of other cartoons, June Foray speaks the lines of Talky Tina. The doll is intent on making the little girl happy whatever it takes and states her homicidal intention early on in her cheerful voice.
Attributed to Charles Beaumont this is a story ghost written by Jerry Sohl as Beaumont was suffering from Alzheimers disease by then.
Fun from the fabulous Miss Foray and Telly Savalas at a stage in his career when he made lots of good stuff as a character actor ('Cape Fear', 'The Birdman Of Alcatraz',etc).
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