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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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 »

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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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Charley Parks
3 November 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Robert Duvall is outstanding as Charley Parks, a misunderstood man who still lives at home with his doting mother, though his sister tries without success to find him a date. One day, Charley finds himself in a different part of his favorite museum where he finds a doll house that fascinates him, as it appears to him that a beautiful doll(played by Claire Griswold) is alive, but being courted by a man who turns out to be a cad, forcing Charley to defend her by smashing him through the glass. This gets Charley put in an asylum, but he manages to fool his doctor(played by William Windom) and makes one last attempt to join that miniature world with his living doll... Wonderful fantasy has Duvall's exquisite turn as a man who would today be put on the autistic spectrum, which is most inspirational for those with that condition. Today as well, Charley could sue that intolerant boss of his(played by Barney Philips) who fired him with discrimination!


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