Twilight Zone: Season 3, Episode 33

The Dummy (4 May 1962)
"The Twilight Zone" The Dummy (original title)

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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 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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Rod Serling's reference to the "Gray Night Way" is a play on the common nickname for Broadway, which is the "Great White Way." 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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Twilight Zone for Dummies!
9 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There's no doubt about it. Ventriloquist's dummies are spooky. This one is particularly threatening. It's his face and his hair. Of course, the whole business of the dummy taking over is an old one and has been done many times. I don't know that anything new has been put forward here. Robertson's performance is OK. Then the question must be asked, "Is he delusional?" I he hallucinating? Or does the dummy take over and begin to run the show. The issue of alcoholism is there all the time. The Frank Sutton character tries his best to give his friend a break, but has to pull the plug eventually. I have to admit, however, that the closing scene is quite remarkable.


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