The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Number 12 Looks Just Like You 

In a future society, everyone must undergo an operation at age 19 to become beautiful and conform to society. One young woman desperately wants to hold onto her own identity.


Abner Biberman




Episode complete credited cast:
Collin Wilcox Paxton ... Marilyn Cuberle (as Collin Wilcox)
Richard Long ... Uncle Rick / Dr. Rex / Professor Sigmund Friend / Tom
Pamela Austin ... Valerie / Marilyn (as Pam Austin)
Suzy Parker ... Lana Cuberle / Grace / Eva / Doe / Jane / #12


As Marilyn Cuberle approaches her 19th birthday she faces a momentous decision. Like everyone else in this futuristic society, she must choose which look she will adopt in the transformation process. Here, all men and women look like one of a series of approved faces, all are beautiful or handsome. Marilyn doesn't want to change her appearance and is happy to look different from anyone else. Everyone assures her that she is under no obligation to undergo the transformation - but they go out of their way to make it difficult for her to say no. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

24 January 1964 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Marilyn Cuberle was born in 1982. See more »


When Marilyn first walks into Dr. Rex's office, part of her arm is cut off by the split screen process used to enable Suzy Parker to appear on screen as two different characters. See more »


[first lines]
Lana Cuberle: I can't decide, 8 or 12. I think 12 might suit you better. What do you think, Marilyn?
Marilyn Cuberle: [looks up, while browsing catalogue] Hmm?
Lana Cuberle: You weren't even listening.
Marilyn Cuberle: I'm sorry, mother.
Lana Cuberle: I don't understand you, darling. Most girls your age are thrilled to death when it comes time to pick a pattern. You haven't even looked at the ones the bureau sent over.
Marilyn Cuberle: Oh, I looked at 'em.
Lana Cuberle: [dreamily] I remember how excited I was before I was done. I couldn't sleep for nights. I finally chose number 12. I ...
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7 November 2014 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Collin Wilcox stars as 18 year-old Marilyn Cuberle, who is pressured to undergo an operation to transform the way she looks into one of several possibilities. This occurs at 19, but Marilyn doesn't want the operation, feeling she is beautiful the way she is, and because of her late and much loved father, who opposed it. Sadly, he is gone, and Marilyn learns to her existentialist horror that no one in her life, or indeed in society itself any longer, can understand how she feels, and how unbearably alone she really is... Stunning episode turns its sparse production to its advantage, portraying a future society where everyone is expected to be the same in chilling detail. Wilcox delivers an entirely heartfelt, believable performance that makes its inevitable outcome all the more devastating, and may bring a tear to the eye. A perfect companion piece to the more famous 'Eye Of The Beholder', this episode is a masterpiece, whose reputation has at least risen with time. One could substitute beauty with thought and lose none of its point. Holds a mirror to our modern society like no other...

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