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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Mediocre but a nice performance.
13 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Ida Lupino is rather brave, as she plays a vain aging actress who is afraid to face the fact that she's not the young leading lady anymore. Instead of enjoying life, she sits around all day watching her old movies and pretending that life hasn't passed her by. When her agent (Martin Balsam) comes to see her, he begs her to stop his gloomy isolation and try out for a part. She agrees to try out for the part but the meeting with the producer goes horribly--as she INSISTS on playing a young lady and that the part is much bigger. She is, sadly, an over-aged prima donna--an "aging broad with a scrapbook" as the producer says in anger when she misbehaves horribly. And, as a result, she is not at all likable and it's hard to feel that sorry for her--and eventually it's too much for Balsam's character to put up with either.

Because Lupino refuses to accept the truth, she once again retreats to her movies--locking herself in a room for hours and hours on end and avoiding everyone. The hard-working and ever-patient Balsam has a plan. He'll bring one of her old co-stars by for a visit--perhaps a friend from the past will snap her out of it. Unfortunately, when Lupino sees this once-handsome man who is now older and far from handsome, she further retreats--unwilling to even continue the visit! She behaves abominably towards the guy---and I just wanted to backhand her! While the twist that eventually comes is only mediocre and the show lacked the weirdness I loved in "The Twilight Zone", there is still a lot to like. Lupino's fine acting is refreshing and a tribute to her as a professional--especially since I am sure many of the actresses of her era would NOT have agreed to play such an unlikable and pathetic character. Nice performance in an average (at best) episode.

By the way, Balsam was, as always, wonderful and believable here in support.


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