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. See more »
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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Charley Parkes (Robert Duval) is a very passive, withdrawn and insular man in his thirties who gets dismissed from his job for being a 'square peg'.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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