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The Twilight Zone: The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

A one-time starlet of the motion pictures refers to her old films to relive those days of her glorious past.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Production Number: 173-3610
Airdate: Friday October 23rd, 1959

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Writer: Rod Serling


Guest Stars
Martin BalsamMartin Balsam
As Danny Weiss
Ted de CorsiaTed de Corsia
As Marty Sall
Alice FrostAlice Frost
As Sally
Ida LupinoIda Lupino
As Barbara Jean Trenton
Jerome CowanJerome Cowan
As Jerry Hearndan

John Clarke (1)John Clarke (1)
As Hearndan in film
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Aging actress Barbara Jean Trenton watches one of her old movies of the 1930s featuring her with her former leading man. Jerry Hearndan. Her housekeeper, Sally, knocks at the door and gets no answer. When she brings in the tea, she discovers that Barbara isn't in her usual seat. The actress steps around the screen, startling Sally, and tells the housekeeper to put the tea down. As Sally leaves, the doorbell rings. The housekeeper answers it and Barbara's agent Danny Weiss, comes in. As he goes to talk to Barbara, Sally says that Barbara is getting worse and the agent says that he'll do what he can. ..

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Episode Notes
Ida Lupino would later distinguish herself as the only woman ever to direct a Twilight Zone episode: "The Masks"

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once-brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part of the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.

Danny Weiss: I set up an appointment for you today over at International.
Barbara Jean Trenton: At International?
Danny Weiss: Yes.
Barbara Jean Trenton: A part, Danny?
Danny Weiss: Sounds like a good one, too.
Barbara Jean Trenton: Well. Oh darling! You know something? I never did get along with Marty Sall when I was under contract there.
Danny Weiss: Well, he's much older now. I think you'll find that he's mellowed.
Barbara Jean Trenton: Oh, you know he said I was the most difficult star he'd ever worked with. Danny, you're a nice guy and a loyal friend, and in my own selfish, devious way I'm very much in love with you. Oh, Danny, I hope it's a musical. Oh, I'd love to dance again. Or a love story. Oh, I'd give anything to play love scenes like I saw this morning. Scenes with Jerry Hearndan. You know we did three pictures together? (quotes a line from the movie) "I have a memory of you for my eyes, thoughts of you for my mind, and the touch of you for all of me." Or something like that. And then we did A Night in Paris together.
Danny Weiss: Barbara, you were much younger then.
Barbara Jean Trenton: Go to the devil!
Danny Weiss: Now, Barbara, honey, this is 1959, 25 years from A Night in Paris and 26 years since you made Farewell Without Tears. That room across the hall is dark, it's damp, it's full of cobwebs. Come on, honey, snap out of it! Snap out of this kick. You get your war paint on, and I'll meet you over at Sall's office at three o'clock, Okay?

Barbara Jean Trenton: That studio doesn't exist. Not anymore. Not the way it is now. This is the world, Dan, right in here. From now on, I keep the drapes drawn and doors locked. I don’t' want any of the outside world coming in. Not the Marty Salls or the movies without sentiment. Actors in undershirts, rock-and-roll, jukeboxes. Not any of it.

Danny Weiss: To wishes, Barbie. To the ones that come true.

Closing Narration
To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It can happen in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
MusicFranz Waxman
Set DecoratorRudy Butler  |  Henry Grace
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorWilliam Ferrari  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Assistant DirectorEdward O. Denault
Casting DirectorMillie Gusse
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
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