When his doctor tells him that he could die at any moment, the wealthy Jason Foster gathers his heirs including his daughter Emily Harper, her husband Wilfred and their children Paula and Wilfrid Jr. Jason doesn't think much of any of them and it's clear they can't wait to get their hands on his fortune. It's Mardi Gras time in New Orleans and he has one last request - for each of them to wear a carnival mask. Each of the masks is meant to reflect some aspect of their personality - and leave a lasting impression on them. Written by
This was Robert Keith's final acting role before his death on December 22, 1966 at the age of 76. See more »
[doing her makeup in the mirror]
Delighted to see you, Grandfather.
That's very nice of you to say, Paula, considering you haven't seen me yet. All you've seen is your mirror-image.
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I can't believe I never got around to reviewing this episode of The Twilight Zone until now, as it's probably in the top five of the best episodes for the show--proving that even the show was on its last gasps (this is one of the last episodes), it still could show signs of great genius.
A very old and sickly rich man is waiting to die. Instead of enjoying his final days in the bosom of a loving family, he is beset by greedy and selfish relatives waiting for him to die like a pack of vultures. Make no mistake about it, the old guy knows exactly what they are like and has no illusions about their intentions. So, in a final gesture of contempt, he makes them spend an entire evening at his home "celebrating" while wearing grotesque Mardi Gras masks--resulting in a wonderful and satisfying twist.
The acting is excellent but what really makes this stand out are the wonderful writing and direction (by Ida Lupino). With such a simple story, they truly make the most of it and the pacing and execution are perfect.
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