The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Living Doll 

A frustrated father does battle with his stepdaughter's talking doll, whose vocabulary includes such phrases as "I hate you" and "I'm going to kill you".


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Telly Savalas ... Erich Streator
Mary LaRoche ... Annabelle Streator (as Mary La Roche)
Tracy Stratford ... Christie Streator


Erich Streater is upset when his wife comes home with her daughter Christie having bought her yet another doll. Christie loves her new Talking Tina doll but her stepfather takes an immediate dislike to it. Anytime he is alone with the doll, it spouts abusive comments to the effect that it hates him and that it's going to kill him. He's convinced that his wife is behind it all, something she vehemently denies. He tries to get rid of the doll but it always seems to reappear - and also seems intent on following through with its threats. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

1 November 1963 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


June Foray, the voice of the "Talky Tina" doll, was also the voice of Mattel's "Chatty Cathy" doll, upon which the doll in this episode was based. See more »


When Erich answers the phone the shadow of a crew member or equipment can be seen on him as the camera moves in. See more »


Narrator: [Closing Narration] Of course, we all know dolls can't really talk, and they certainly can't commit murder. But to a child caught in the middle of turmoil and conflict, a doll can become many things: friend, defender, guardian. Especially a doll like Talky Tina, who did talk and did commit murder - in the misty region of the Twilight Zone.
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Talky Telly will talk no more after screwing around with Talky Tina
17 April 2019 | by Ed-ShullivanSee all my reviews

Telly Savalas was sometimes cast as a mean S.O.B. in his film and TV appearances, and in the case of this 1963, season 5, episode 6, of the original Twilight Zone series he plays a disgruntled stepfather of a nine (9) year old girl named Christie. When Christie comes home with a brand new Talking Tina doll compliments of her shopping alone with her mommy Annabelle, her stepdad Erich is none to pleased about the purchase.

It is not quite clear why Erich is so upset about the Talking Tina doll, other than he has some issues with his manly ability in fathering his own child with his wife Annabelle, so anything seems to set him off. Erich tries several different means of getting rid of little Christie's new doll, but to no avail. Eventually we see who gets in the last word and the last laugh. It's a predictable ending from the Twilight Zone series, and Telly Savalas's acting is superbly portrayed as a vindictive stepdad Erich in this episode.

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