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A ventriloquist fears that his dummy is too lifelike when he starts running his life.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x33
Production Number: 4834
Airdate: Friday May 04th, 1962

Director: Abner Biberman
Story: Lee Polk
Teleplay: Rod Serling

Guest Stars
Cliff RobertsonCliff Robertson
As Jerry Etherson
Frank SuttonFrank Sutton
As Frank

Co-Guest Stars
John Harmon (1)John Harmon (1)
As Georgie
Sandra WarnerSandra Warner
As Noreen
Ralph ManzaRalph Manza
As Doorkeeper

Bethelynn GreyBethelynn Grey
As Chorus Girl
Edy WilliamsEdy Williams
As Chorus Girl
Rudy DolanRudy Dolan
As M.C.
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Ventriloquist Jerry Etherson is performing his act in a smoky nightclub with his dummy Willie. Willie threatens to resign and notes he could be a better ventriloquist. Willie starts impersonating Jerry's voice and projecting his voice onto Jerry. The audience, impressed showers Jerry with applause. Jerry wraps up his act as Willie notes that the audience will see some real class once he ditches Jerry, and calls out that he's being kidnapped. As Jerry covers Willie's mouth, the dummy seemingly bites his hand...

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Episode Notes
Cliff Robertson was also in "A Hundred Yards over the Rim."

John Harmon is also in "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville."

Sandra Warner was also in "A Nice Place to Visit."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
You're watching a ventriloquist named Jerry Etherson, a voice-thrower par excellence. His alter ego, sitting atop his lap, is a brash stick of kindling with the sobriquet 'Willy.' In a moment, Mr. Etherson and his knotty-pine partner will be booked in one of the out-of-the-way bistros, that small, dark, intimate place known as the Twilight Zone.

Jerry: Sweet dreams, Willy. Your next booking is in a fireplace.

Closing Narration
What's known in the parlance of the times as the old switcheroo, from boss to blockhead in a few easy lessons. And if you're given to nightclubbing on occasion, check this act. It's called Willy and Jerry, and they generally are booked into some clubs along the 'Gray Night Way' known as the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorJason H. Bernie
CastingRobert Walker, Jr.
Make-upWilliam Tuttle
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Keogh Gleason
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorMerrill Pye  |  George W. Davis
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
SoundWilliam Edmondson
Assistant DirectorE. Darrell Hallenbeck
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