Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 8

Miniature (21 Feb. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Miniature (original title)

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Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.

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Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.

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Because of a lawsuit, this episode was not included in the syndication package for The Twilight Zone. It was finally re-aired in 1984 as "The Miniature" (see Alternate Versions). See more »

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When Charley smashes the showcase glass in the museum to save the girl from being attacked, the dollhouse shown behind is revealed to be empty. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] To the average person, a museum is a place of knowledge, a place of beauty and truth and wonder. Some people come to study, others to contemplate, others to look for the sheer joy of looking. Charley Parkes has his own reasons. He comes to the museum to get away from the world. It isn't really the sixty-cent cafeteria meal that has drawn him here every day, it's the fact that here in these strange, cool halls, he can be alone for a little while, really and truly alone. Anyway...
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Sad story
30 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Charley Parkes (Robert Duval) is a very passive, withdrawn and insular man in his thirties who gets dismissed from his job for being a 'square peg'. Charley spends hours looking at a doll's house in a museum and starts to fall in love with a female 19th century miniature of a young woman.

Robert Duval is brilliant, playing the character with fine judgment and great consistency, but the story is much too silly and predictable. It is testament to his ability as an actor that Duval could make this watchable, because with his consummate performance all the quaintness of the story seems in some ways justified. The reality of his characterization makes this, for me, a genuinely sad tale. Nowhere else in the Zone is such a serious character put in such a ridiculous scenario.


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