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 ...
Jason Foster
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Wilfred Harper
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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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Poetic Justice
18 December 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've always loved the plots where a group of venomous relatives hang out a dying man who is to be a source of income when he dies. These relatives are about as bad as they can get. Their disingenuous nature makes them prime objects of revenge. It is the end of Mardi Gras and they are forced to wear masks or lose their inheritances. Of course, since it's only two hours, they put up with the old man's warped fancies. In the process we get to see them reveal each of their own worst traits. The conclusion of this episode is one of the most memorable of the series. The back biting and hatred that seeps out of the mouths of these people lets us enjoy this conclusion even more.


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