Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.


Walter Grauman (as Walter E. Grauman)


Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Duvall ... Charley Parkes
Pert Kelton ... Mrs. Parkes
Barbara Barrie ... Myra Russell
William Windom ... Dr. Wallman
Lennie Weinrib Lennie Weinrib ... Buddy Russell
John McLiam ... Guard
Barney Phillips ... Diemel
Joan Chambers Joan Chambers ... Harriet
Chet Stratton Chet Stratton ... Guide
Richard Angarola Richard Angarola ... The Suitor
Nina Roman Nina Roman ... The Maid
Claire Griswold Claire Griswold ... The Doll


Mousie misfit Charlie Parkes finds the world unfolding before him in a museum doll house to be more real than his boring job and overbearing mother.

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Release Date:

21 February 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?


Because of a lawsuit, this episode was not included in the syndication package for The Twilight Zone. It was finally re-aired in 1984 as "The Miniature" (see Alternate Versions). See more »


The girl is playing the piano but harpsichord music comes out. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] To the average person, a museum is a place of knowledge, a place of beauty and truth and wonder. Some people come to study, others to contemplate, others to look for the sheer joy of looking. Charley Parkes has his own reasons. He comes to the museum to get away from the world. It isn't really the sixty-cent cafeteria meal that has drawn him here every day, it's the fact that here in these strange, cool halls, he can be alone for a little while, really and truly alone. Anyway...
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The Call (1988) See more »

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Big Fascination with a Little World
23 September 2016 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Solid entry thanks to actor Duvall. If his weirdo Charlie doesn't convince then the hour doesn't work. That's a big challenge for Duvall's normally sinister types. Here his workaholic Charley is affectless, reacting unemotionally to most any situation. Seems almost like his insides are dead to the world, while he walks through life like an emotional zombie. That is, until he finds another world at the museum. There in a miniature house sits a miniature girl, beautiful and feminine to the eye, especially Charley's. He's fascinated. Soon he's spending all his time in front of the miniature tableau, while the girl seems to come mutely alive, along with a maid and a villainous suitor. So what's with poor obsessed Charlie or maybe even with the wooden miniatures who appear no longer wooden.

Of course, TZ was premised on the supposed boundaries of science and what might lie beyond. That's the case here, when Charlie is sent to a clinic for therapy to deal with his obsession. In the psychologist's view, Charlie's clearly deluded. But is he. My only gripe with the hour is brother-in-law Buddy (Weinrib). Did he have to be such a clown; maybe the producers figured the narrative needed comedy relief. Anyway, kudos to actor Duvall for showing he's superb even as a non-gangster. And kudos to writer Beaumont for the fitting upshot.

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