The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Barbara Jean Trenton
Danny Weiss
Jerry Hearndan
Marty Sall
Alice Frost ...


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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Release Date:

23 October 1959 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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In Barbara's living room, the photo in the center of the lowest row is of Edward Arnold. See more »


Not sure where this should go. To wit: IMDB has Dean Stockwell listed as an "uncredited" character named "Daniel Wise." Reviewing this in several forms from DVD, Youtube, and many TV broadcasts, seems to show no character named Daniel Wise and no appearance by Dean Stockwell as any character.

The character played by Martin Balsam is named "Danny Weiss." There seems to be a confusion or transposition with these character's names and somehow Dean Stockwell's name has been entered erroneously.

If my analysis can be shown wrong, my apologies to Mr Stockwell and the Keepers of the Internet Movie Database. See more »


Rod Serling - 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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References Sunset Boulevard (1950) See more »

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What ever happened to Babe Barbara?
25 April 2016 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

One of the most original and influential movies in the history of cinema was "Sunset Boulevard", that's an inarguable fact. Slightly more than a decade later the storyline of frustrated and faded female movie starlets even evolved into an entirely separate new sub genre with "What ever happened to Baby Jane"; namely the Grand Dame Guignol" movies or – slightly less flattering – "Hagsploitation" flicks. This little episode of "The Twilight Zone" somewhat floats in between these two cinematic milestones, in terms of release date, obviously, but also in terms of content and character drawings. Admittedly this nearly isn't one of the best episodes of the first "Twilight Zone" season, but it's still worth checking out because of the acting performances (notably Ida Lupino and Martin Balsam) and because the topic of melancholic elderly actresses is always endearing. Barbara Trenton was a star and symbol of beauty during the '30s and early '40s with many great cinematic classics on her repertoire and plenty of fond memories of fairy-tale romances she had with her male co-stars. Now, 25 years later, Barbara locks herself up in her private home theater and firmly believes that she's still young and gorgeous. In fact – Barbara blames Hollywood casting directors that she doesn't get any suitable roles anymore. If her friend and agent Danny arranges an audition for her, Barbara furiously leaves the meeting because she's too young to play the role of a mother and even a confrontation with her former silver screen love-interest doesn't bring her down to earth. Barbara so desperately wishes to relive her glory days that it overcomes her… in the twilight zone! There's nothing spooky or morbid about the plot of "The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine" and the denouement is more of a fantasy twist, which is why I personally don't consider this a very successful episode. Still, it's a joy to behold Ida Lupino's performance. She was truly one of the most underrated actresses of her generation and also a very gifted director! Did you know she directed one of the most disturbingly realistic thrillers ever? If not, check out the 1953 classic "The Hitch-Hiker" straight away! Martin Balsam ("Psycho", "Cape Fear") once again proves that he was one of the most reliable supportive actors ever.

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