Marsha White is looking for a gold thimble as a gift for her mother. She can't find it anywhere in the store and an elevator operator suggests she try the 9th floor. She arrives there to find it abandoned but a sales clerk suddenly appears and has just what she is looking for. On the way back down to the main floor, she realizes the thimble she bought is scratched and goes to the complaints department where she is told there is no 9th floor in the building. She is shocked however to see a mannequin that looks just like the woman who served her. A return to the absent floor reveals the explanation to her dilemma.Written by
One of three "Twilight Zone" episodes to include an eye, not a spiral, at the introduction. See more »
The building has only eight floors yet the floor indicator panel inside the express elevator carrying Marsha does actually have a 9th and final floor. See more »
Marsha White in her normal and natural state: a wooden lady with a painted face, who, one month out of the year, takes on the characteristics of someone as normal and as flesh and blood as you and I. But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask - particularly in The Twilight Zone.
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If I ever had a worst nightmare, THIS would be it!
After completing barely one season, I can state already that "The Twilight Zone" never ceases to amaze me in terms of diversity, quality and sheer craftsmanship. Judging from the previous couple of episodes, like "A Passage for Trumpet" and "Mr. Bevis", I got the false impression that the series was becoming more soft and sentimental, but in "The After Hours" Rod Serling strikes back with genuine suspense and an unequaled ambiance of pure mystery and eeriness. Of all the individual tales I've seen thus far, "The After Hours" is undoubtedly the most effective one when it comes to keeping the viewer unaware of what's going on and simultaneously making him/her feel increasingly uncomfortable. The things that help to accomplish this are the settings (like abandoned shopping center floors) and scenery (mannequin dolls are creepy) but there's more! The screenplay is very well-written and doesn't reveal anything too soon, Anne Francis' vulnerable performance is truly forceful and the exact right use of photography and sound effects make the mannequin dolls at least 10 times scarier than they really are! I'd like to write a brief plot description, but in this particular case I rather encourage everyone to discover this wonderful episode! I guarantee that "The After Hours" contains one or two unforgettable and haunting sequences, as well as a conceptual idea that is fundamentally petrifying.
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