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
Will Kuluva ...
Mr. Ferguson
Margaret Field ...
Emma Senescu (as Maggie Mahoney)
William Mims ...
Dave
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Gas Man
Leonard Bremen ...
Van Man (as Lennie Bremen)
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Craig Curtis ...
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Milton Parsons ...
Henri Desire Landru
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Bob Mitchell ...
Robert McCord ...
William Burke (as Robert L. McCord)
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A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.

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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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Martin Lombard Senescu: They need me!
Emma Senescu: Martin, they aren't alive. They don't need anybody!
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963) See more »

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Martin Balsam shines as wax museum worker in episode directed by John Brahm...
15 February 2008 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

John Brahm (director of feature film classics THE LODGER and HANGOVER SQUARE), directed this "Twilight Zone" episode starring MARTIN BALSAM, giving it the sort of Gothic touches he gave his full-length feature films. This one is about a wax museum curator who delights in taking the customers on a tour of "Murder's Row", including lifelike wax figures of infamous criminals like Jack the Ripper. Balsam is so obsessed with these figures that he's soon a good candidate for "the twilight zone" himself.

When told that the museum will have to be demolished to make way for a supermarket, Balsam sees his thirty-year career as a curator coming to an end. The owner explains that "People aren't interested in wax figures any more" when Balsam suggests opening another museum. He shows Balsam the waning cash receipts, but Balsam is obsessed with preserving the five wax figures of murderers in his basement.

What happens next, makes for a very intriguing episode of "The Twilight Zone" called THE NEW EXHIBIT under the expert guidance of John Brahm.

Balsam is excellent as the caretaker who talks to the figures as though they were real. The story takes a sharp turn into high suspense when his wife enters the cellar with every intention of turning off the air-conditioner that keeps the figures from melting. The suspense is even further heightened when her brother becomes suspicious of her eventual disappearance as well as when the museum owner arrives with the news that the figures have been sold to another museum, but has to take their measurements first. What happens can only be described as something that can only occur in "The Twilight Zone".

Well done, it's a special treat for fright fans.


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