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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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: You know, Wilfred, I think the only book you ever read was a ledger. If somebody opened you up they'd probably find a cash register.
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Robert Keith stars as Jason Foster, a wealthy but dying man who has gathered his four detested relatives to his New Orleans mansion on Mardis Gras so that a most sinister game can be played out. The four(his daughter Emily, her husband Wilfred, and children Paula & Wilfred Jr.) must each wear specially made masks for the evening until midnight if they are to inherit his wealth, or else they will be cut off. Under protest, they comply, but by the unmasking at the final stroke of midnight may well wish they hadn't... Superbly realized episode has masterful direction by Ida Lupino, incisive script, and a most chilling end, punctuated by a sinister score and excellent makeup.


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