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The colloquial phrase living doll, no longer in common currency, means an attractive woman. The title is a pun: Talky Tina is literally a living doll.

The girl's name is Christie; Christie and Tina are both diminutives of Christina. This suggests that Talky Tina, in some supernatural way, acts upon the darker impulses of the little girl, who must hate her ill-tempered stepfather as much as the doll hates him. One can even imagine the girl, drunk with power after having triumphed over the stepfather, issuing a warning to her kindly mother, as the doll does in the last scene: "My name is Talky Tina, and you'd better be nice to me."

June Foray, best known today for her cartoon voices, including Rocky the Flying Squirrel and Witch Hazel, was also the voice for Mattel's Chatty Cathy. It's not unlikely that parents of 1963 watched this episode while their daughters played with the doll, and got an eerie thrill when they heard the same voice coming from within the room.

See a commercial for Chatty Cathy on YouTube (posted by drapersmokes) here.

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