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 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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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 »


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: [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 Boulevard (1950) See more »

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I'm Ready For My Close-Up, Mr. Serling.
4 February 2006 | by (British Columbia) – See all my reviews

'The 16mm Shrine' is "The Twilight Zone"s take on Sunset Blvd. An aging actress, played by Ida Lupino, sits in a darkened room watching her old films. She longs to be beautiful and famous again; Just as she was in those films. All the while her maid and agent try to help her realize that 20 years have passed and she can't go back. Martin Balsam and Ida Lupino both deserve credit for creating memorable characters in the short amount of time they were given. The theme of revisiting the past was touched upon in the prior episode 'Mr. Denton On Doomsday' and would be dealt with even more extensively upon in the next episode 'Walking Distance'. However, both 'Mr. Denton On Doomsday' and 'Walking Distance' achieved a more satisfying conclusion then 'The 16mm Shrine'. The final plot twist is just unconvincing. Overall, I give it a 6 for 10.

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