The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Dummy 

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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4 May 1962 (USA)  »

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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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Willie: Maybe *you* need glasses.
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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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The Switch
29 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

Cliff Robertson stars as talented ventriloquist Jerry Etherson, who has a popular act in a nightclub, but still has trouble making all his dates, since Jerry drinks too much, and insists that his dummy Willie(voiced by George Murdoch) is alive and persecuting him mercilessly. Of course his agent doesn't believe him, and threatens to drop him if he doesn't get help, but it seems that poor Jerry is beyond help, as Willie appears to be gaining the upper hand, and about to make his move... Chilling episode is among the series' best, and certainly the scariest, with an excellent performance by Robertson and voice work by Murdoch, and contains the most effective, jump-out-of-your-seat twist ending in television history. A true classic of its kind.


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