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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Episode complete credited cast:
Charley Parkes
Mrs. Parkes
Myra Russell
Dr. Wallman
Lennie Weinrib ...
Buddy Russell
John McLiam ...
Joan Chambers ...
Chet Stratton ...
Richard Angarola ...
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Nina Roman ...
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Claire Griswold ...
The Doll


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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21 February 1963 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When this episode was rebroadcast for the first time in 1984 as part of the "Twilight Zone Silver Anniversary Special" portions of it were colorized for the rebroadcast. See more »


The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. See more »


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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Why Did They Fire Him?
23 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the story of a lonely man. He lives with his mother and is dominated by her (in a passive aggressive way). He leads a quiet life. He seems to work hard at his job, putting in extra time. His fellow employees razz him and make fun of him. One day, after having lunch in a museum cafeteria near his office, he gets caught in a crowd and forced into a room where there is a period doll house, fully furnished, with carved wooden figures of people of the era. As he looks in, he sees the figures come to life, one a beautiful young woman who plays a classical piece on the piano. He returns to work late, probably the first time ever. Strangely, his boss calls him in and fires him because he "doesn't fit in." He isn't part of the team. I don't know what the team is. It's a group of accountants, sitting at rows of desks like a schoolroom, adding up figures. There is no discussion of whether his work is adequate. I guess, this is 1960's story progression. This doesn't bother him because he is now obsessed with that doll house and the woman in it. He haunts the museum to the discomfiture of the guard who watches over this section. He talks to the young woman (who, of course, can't hear him) and give her advice about her encounters and her love life. The remainder of the story has to do with his mother, his sister, and her husband, and how his seemingly strange behavior is tearing him apart. After he gets angry and breaks the glass case at the museum, he is put in psychiatric care. Robert Duvall plays the young man in an early role. His character is the opposite of the macho people he portrayed during most of his career. He does a fine job. The whole thing is strictly Serling's idiosyncratic character, trying to get by in his own world where others won't leave him along.

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