The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 4

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (23 Oct. 1959)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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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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Episode complete credited cast:
Narrator (voice)
Barbara Trenton
Danny Weiss
Jerome Cowan ...
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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Did You Know?


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


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once-brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part of the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Barbara Jean Trenton becomes one of Hollywood's immortals.
1 September 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

In The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine, Ida Lupino plays Barbara Jean Trenton, an ageing actress who constantly revisits her youth via her private film collection; so strong is her desire to return to the glory days of yesteryear, that she eventually breaks the 'fourth wall', entering the movie screen to spend all eternity with her co-stars.

The ability to live forever or recapture one's youth are recurring themes in The Twilight Zone. This episode is reminiscent of earlier TZ story Walking Distance, in which a stressed New York advertising exec longs for the halcyon days of his childhood; but whereas that particular episode ends with the central character accepting that he doesn't belong in the past, The Sixteen Millimeter Shrine features an altogether different message... that if one wishes hard enough, they can cross over into The Twilight Zone, the dimension where anything is possible, and stay forever young. It's a less than satisfying denouement, if only for the fact that Barbara Jean Trenton is such an unlikeable, self-obsessed person.

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