A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.

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Martin Lombard Senescu
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Ernest Ferguson
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Emma Senescu (as Maggie Mahoney)
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Bob Mitchell ...
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Martin Lombard Senescu is a gentle man and the curator of Murderer's Row in Ferguson's wax museum. He loves his work and is fascinated by what drives men to commit the crimes that they do. He's informed by his boss Mr. Ferguson that the property is being sold to developers who will raze the building and erect a supermarket. Martin brings 5 of of wax figures home but after a year his wife is at her wits end. Martin spends all of his time in the basement with his beloved friends and the cost of keeping them is eating into their already limited income. When Martin finds Emma dead in the basement he buries her there. When her brother Dave shows up, he too is apparently killed. After Mr. Ferguson finally finds a buyer for the wax figures, Martin reluctantly agrees to let them go. There is an addition to he exhibit however. Written by garykmcd

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One of many episodes solely credited to Charles Beaumont, though due to Beaumont's failing health, Jerry Sohl was his ghostwriter. Beaumont plotted this episode with Sohl, the screenwriter. See more »

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When they first go into Murderers' Row, the light shines on the "wax figure" with the hatchet, and you can see him blink. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Martin Lombard Senescu, a gentle man, the dedicated curator of murderers' row in Ferguson's Wax Museum. He ponders the reasons why ordinary men are driven to commit mass murder. What Mr. Senescu does not known is that the groundwork has already been laid for his own special kind of madness and torment - found only in the Twilight Zone.
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28 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Martin Senescu (Martin Balsam) is a tour guide in a museum and is obsessed with the exhibits. They are mass murderers in wax about to be discarded as the museum's owner believes the public are no longer thrilled by Jack the ripper and the like. Senescu cannot give up his 'friends' and so keeps them in his basement.

For me this is an ordinary horror tale that lacks depth, meaning, and sensible human aspirations for true Zone standard. Senescu simply has an unhealthy obsession that cannot lead to any good. So you get a weird tale, but not a thought-provoking or an involving one. Martin Balsam was a very fine actor, but the mad single-mindedness of this character does not impress me. Having said all that, this would be one of the better entries in just about any other fantasy anthology series.


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