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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Myra Russell
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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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The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. 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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an outstanding performance by Robert Duvall
10 September 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most "Twilight Zone" episodes are trite garbage, and this one is no different. It's "obvious" to a fault -- you know exactly how it's going to end right from the start. I'm giving it a 10, though, simply because of Robert Duvall's exceptional performance.

It's of a quality one would expect in a feature film. His character is distant and unsympathetic, not the way one would expect the protagonist of such a story to be played. But it shows just how unable he is to get along in this world.

I've probably seen every episode of "The Twilight Zone", and I don't remember any performance remotely as good as this one. Indeed, it's one of the great performances in the history of series TV.

An addendum... I note that /my/ rating for this episode is only three "helpfuls" out of 31. (I see the same thing with my Amazon reviews.) It appears that readers are looking solely for confirmation of their opinions -- not any insight into the episode.

The fact is that "The Twilight Zone" /was/ a highly uneven series. Much of it is, indeed, trite garbage -- heavy-handed "message" stories, tales with trivially ironic or O Henry-ish twist endings. Is the fact that "Miniature" was written by Charles Beaumont supposed to add cachet to what is a shallow and worse-than-mediocre story?


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