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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Barbara Jean Trenton
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Danny Weiss
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Jerry Hearndan
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Marty Sall
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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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23 October 1959 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The grand staircase with the imposing banister also appears in The Twilight Zone: The Purple Testament (1960), The Twilight Zone: Elegy (1960) and The Twilight Zone: Long Live Walter Jameson (1960). See more »

Quotes

Danny Weiss: Barbie, it's no good, honey. None of this is any good.
Barbara Trenton: Look, if you won't fix yourself a drink, sit down and be quiet - will you? You know something, Daniel, you have a habit of looking poised, ready to spring.
Danny Weiss: What was the picture?
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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Living In The Past
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Ida Lupino stars as former movie star actress Barbara Trenton, who lives a secluded life in her mansion, where she spends all of her time watching her old movies, where she was young and beautiful, being romanced by handsome leading men. Those days are gone, but her friend and agent(played nicely by Martin Balsam) tries to get her out of this trap, but his attempt to get her a new acting job goes terribly wrong, leaving poor Barbara little solace but in her movies of the past, which she is desperate to get back to... Underrated episode works even better today, with timely themes of longing for better times, though now of course she would be watching the films on DVD!


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