Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 25

The Masks (20 Mar. 1964)
"The Twilight Zone" The Masks (original title)

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Wealthy Jason Foster is dying and he invites his greedy heirs to a Mardi Gras party where they must wear the masks he specially had made for them or else be cut off from their inheritance.

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Robert Keith ...
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Paula Harper
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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 garykmcd

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The only episode of Twilight Zone (1959) directed by a woman (Ida Lupino, who also starred in Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine (1959)). See more »

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Jason Foster: [dying] ... It's what you've all been waiting for, I believe. Now you can dig deep in the treasury.
Emily Harper: Are you feeling - weaker, Father?
Jason Foster: At last... a note of hope in your voice, Emily?
Emily Harper: Father, why must you always say such miserable, cruel things to me?
Wilfred Harper: I quite agree, Father!
Jason Foster: Why indeed, Emily, because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you *respond* to love. Emily responds only to what her petty hungers dictate. Wilfred responds only to things that have weight and bulk and value! He...
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A Great Performance By Robert Keith!
1 October 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am so glad I have the opportunity to say something good about Robert Keith! His performance in this episode of The Twilight Zone was absolutely great! He portrayed a dying bitter, sarcastic old man in such a way that we can not hate him-quite the opposite, we feel sorry for him, and we admire his honesty in telling his family exactly what he thought of them! He could have portrayed this man in such a way that we hate him, but because of his skill as an actor, he did not portray him that way! The supporting cast was very good, but it was Robert Keith's performance that stood out! I have seen this episode more than once, and I never fail to be in awe of Robert Keith's performance!


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