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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Episode complete credited cast:
Charley Parkes
Mrs. Parkes
Dr. Wallman
Lennie Weinrib ...
John McLiam ...
Barney Phillips ...
Joan Chambers ...
Chet Stratton ...
Richard Angarola ...
The Suitor
Nina Roman ...
The Maid
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)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. Since physics may be different in the miniature world, this is allowable. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] They never found Charley Parkes, because the guard didn't tell them what he saw in the glass case. He knew what they'd say, and he knew they'd be right, too, because seeing is not always believing - especially if what you see happens to be an odd corner - of The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Call (1988) See more »

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Small world
6 January 2010 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Robert Duvall delivers a subtly affecting performance as a man who seems utterly bewildered by how to react to the world around him. Minutes into the episode, you feel really bad for this guy. He has no friends, his boss fires him because he doesn't fit in at the office, and he's under the constant, unrelenting thumb of his smothering mother. There are social rules, but no one ever gave Charley Parkes the rule book. Rather than be angry at his situation, he's passive to the point where, were he a real person, he'd probably snap someday and end up a serial killer.

Instead, Charley "meets" a beautiful young woman who plays the pianoforte - she's a doll in a dollhouse in a museum, and he swears she moves around the dollhouse and is threatened by another doll. It's sad because we see how Charley could be a gentle and caring boyfriend, if only he could figure out how to find and get to know a real woman like this. He's trapped in the "smallness" of his world, its limited options as he sees them. Terrific acting.

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