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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Release Date:

4 May 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[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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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Caesar and Me (1964) See more »


I Only Have Eyes for You
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Sung by Cliff Robertson
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Robertson's good but the story's predictable.
6 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I have no criticism to make of Cliff Robertson in the lead role as ventriloquist, Jerry Etheredge. He gives a good performance as a seemingly likable man whose peculiar and insecure nature becomes increasingly visible. However, as the night club owner says about this kind of act 'you've seen one, you've seen them all'. The same pretty much goes for predictable ventriloquist stories like this (although 'The Glass Eye' in 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' was fairly different).

My problem is that the sentient dummy idea is mad and silly, creepy but uninteresting, as well as being predated by the film 'Dead of Night'. I prefer the segment 'Ventriloquist' in that movie to this TZ, but I prefer the Zone's 'Twenty Two' to the same storyline as 'The Hearse' within 'Dead Of Night'.

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