Ventriloquist Jerry Etherson is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. He locks Willie in a trunk and makes plans for a new act with a new dummy. Too bad he didn't clear those plans with Willie first.

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Jerry Etherson
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Georgie
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Jerry Etherson has a reasonably successful nightclub act as a ventriloquist but has one major problem: he believes his dummy Willie is a sentient being who speaks to him and manipulates his life. His agent Frank thinks Jerry needs psychiatric help and tells him he has no future in the business if he doesn't do something about his delusions. Jerry decides to lock Willie in a trunk and try his act with a different dummy. Willie has plans of his own however. Written by garykmcd

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4 May 1962 (USA)  »

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The ventriloquist's dummy was later reused in The Twilight Zone: Caesar and Me (1964). See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: What's known in the parlance of the times as the old switcheroo, from boss to blockhead in a few uneasy lessons. And if you're given to nightclubbing on occasion, check this act. It's called Willy and Jerry, and they generally are booked into some of the clubs along the 'Gray Night Way' - known as The Twilight Zone.
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References Dead of Night (1945) See more »

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I Only Have Eyes for You
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Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Cliff Robertson
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Yet another episode involving a ventriloquist and his dummy...but at least it's the first.
29 June 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Episode 5.28 and this one, 3.33, are about living ventriloquist dummies--dolls that seem to have a life of their own! This idea was pretty creepy and I must applaud this particular episode--not the re-tread of season five. The idea, by the way, was used in the movie "Magic" as well as in many of the Goosebumps stories for kids.

In this particular show, the guy with the dummy is played by Cliff Robertson. He's a down-and-out guy--thanks to too much booze. In an odd twist, Robertson blames all this on the dummy--telling his agent (Frank Sutton) that the drinking and act will improve if only be can use a different dummy! Naturally, being the Twilight Zone, the old dummy has plans of its own!! This is a very creepy episode. The only serious negatives are that the dummy's lip movements are often out of sync and the performance is a tad over the top. Still, it's a very good episode and the first of its kind for the series.


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