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The Twilight Zone: Caesar and Me

A down-and-out ventriloquist begins taking advice from his dummy on how to steal money, witnessed by a little girl.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x28
Production Number: 2636
Airdate: Friday April 10th, 1964

Guest Stars
Jackie CooperJackie Cooper
As Jonathan West

Co-Guest Stars
Morgan BrittanyMorgan Brittany
As Susan (as Susanne Cupito)
Stafford ReppStafford Repp
As Pawnbroker
Sarah SelbySarah Selby
As Mrs. Cudahy
Don GazzanigaDon Gazzaniga
As Detective

Olan SouleOlan Soule
As Mr. Smiles
Ken KonopkaKen Konopka
As Mr. Miller
Sidney MarionSidney Marion
As Watchman
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host


Irish immigrant and ventriloquist Jonathan West sells everything he can at a pawn store but refuses to part with his ventriloquist dummy, Little Caesar. Jonathan goes back to his apartment and Caesar starts talking to him, telling him that he’s a failure. The landlady’s niece Susan comes by and starts mocking Jonathan, daring Jonathan to make his dummy talk. He finally gives in and demonstrates, but Susan insists he won’t get a job. After she leaves, Caesar tells Jonathan to make sure that she never comes in again...

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Episode Notes
Stafford Repp is best known as Chief O'Hara from the TV series Batman.

Child actor Jackie Cooper is best known as Perry White from the Superman movies and earlier for his apearances in the Our Gang shorts.

This is the only episode credited as solely written by a woman.

Susanne Cupito/Morgan Brittany was also in "Nightmare as a Child" and "Valley of the Shadow."

Olan Soule was also in "The Man in the Bottle." He was also the voice of 'Batman' in many cartoons.

Stafford Repp was also in "Nick Of Time" and "The Grave."

Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator: Jonathan West, ventriloquist, a master of voice manipulation. A man late of Ireland, with a talent for putting words into other people's mouths. In this case, the other person is a dummy, aptly named Caesar, a small splinter with large ideas, a wooden tyrant with a mind and a voice of his own, who is about to talk Jonathan West into the Twilight Zone.

Closing Narration
Narrator: Little girl and a wooden doll, a lethal dummy in the shape of a man. But everybody knows dummies can't talk--unless, of course, they learn their vocabulary in the Twilight Zone.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerWilliam Froug
EditorRichard V. Heermance
CastingLarry Stewart
MusicRichard Shores
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Frank R. McKelvy
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  Eddie Imazu
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Joe Edmondson
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
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