Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 4

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (23 Oct. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (original title)

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Barbara Jean Trenton is a faded film star who lives in the past by constantly re-watching her old movies instead of moving on with her life, so her associates try to lure her out of her self-imposed isolation.

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The washed up actress Barbara Trenton is a woman stranded in her past, worshiping and watching her movies of twenty-five years ago in her glorious days. Her housemaid Sally is worried with her behavior and she tells to Barbara's friend and agent Danny Weiss that unsuccessfully tries to make Barbara move on with her life, giving a new role in the cinema industry. But Barbara lives in the past and does not accept that she is older now. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Ida Lupino, who starred in this episode, would later direct Twilight Zone: The Masks (1964). She thus became not just the only woman to direct an episode of the Twilight Zone (1959), but also the only person both to star in an episode and to direct one. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It can happen - in the Twilight Zone.
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Norma Desmond should have exited this way
3 May 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With inspiration taken from Sunset Boulevard, Ida Lupino steps into Gloria Swanson's shoes as a faded movie queen who sits at home and watches her old films in glory years. Optimistically enough she still retains an agent in Martin Balsam who even tries to get her a small part in a film which film executive Ted DeCorsia thinks is pure charity. Not for Ida though. At least they didn't get her down to ask if they could use her old Deusenberg in a film.

All I can say is that Norma Desmond should have had this satisfactory an ending as the one that Ida Lupino's character received. Come to think of it both achieved their own version of The Twilight Zone and you'll agree if you this fine Twilight Zone Story.


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