Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 13

The New Exhibit (4 Apr. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" The New Exhibit (original title)

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

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Martin Lombard Senescu
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Emma Senescu (as Maggie Mahoney)
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Craig Curtis ...
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David Bond ...
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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The US Navy sailors depicted as part of the Museum tour group are a third class petty officer (blonde) and seaman (dark hair). See more »

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When Martin Senescu answers the couple, "Perhaps not young man..." The left most sailor (dark hair) is looking to his right, arms uncrossed, by his side. As Martin continues to speak (no break) and the camera angle changes, the sailor is now looking up and to his left, arms crossed with his left chin touching his chin. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] The new exhibit became very popular at Marchand's, but of all the figures, none was every regarded with more dread than that of Martin Lombard Senescu. It was something about the eyes, people said. It's the look that one often gets after taking a quick walk through the Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963) See more »

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It's Better to Not Keep Jack the Ripper in Your House
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I thought back to Alec Guinness in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" as he obsesses over his accomplishments, ignoring the dangers he is causing. In this one, Martin Balsam has given his life to a wax museum. He dresses the figures, talks to them, leads tours, and so on. Then, one day, his boss and the owner of the museum calls him into his offices, announcing that the museum is being torn down to make way for a supermarket. Balsam is stunned. Not only is he losing his job, but he has actually developed an unhealthy imaginary relationship with the figures in the murderers room, including Jack the Ripper. He does everything he can think of to prevent the destruction of the figures. He is finally given permission to have them delivered to his basement, causing a huge rift with his wife. He is so obsessed, that he begins to practically live with these grotesque figures. Of course, we know these things aren't going to just stand there, and that's where the trouble starts. It's he and the wax figures against the world. One of the things I really enjoyed was the way the makeup people were able to produce believable wax figures. They really seemed to be true and exude personality without moving. We kind of know what is going to happen, but it doesn't matter. And Balsam is a great actor and his malaise and utter insanity comes across comes across so well.


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