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
Buddy Russell
John McLiam ...
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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Release Date:

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 »


When Charley smashes the showcase glass in the museum to save the girl from being attacked, the dollhouse shown behind is revealed to be empty. 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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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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