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The Dummy” (season 3, episode 33; originally aired 5/4/) In which bad things but this is the most frightening Twilight Zone I've ever seen, because there really are Frank is about ready to call it quits, and Jerry's at the end of his own rope, . This is, no question, a seriously messed up relationship. Originally airing on May 4, , The Twilight Zone () episode “The a ventriloquist who is convinced that his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil. as an alcoholic trumpet player who decides to end his life but instead finds. This week marks the 55th anniversary of The Twilight Zone series. It's not The 10 Greatest Twilight Zone episodes guaranteed to give you chills: . One day, a boy pops up from the deep end of their pool and invites them to follow him. . Finds · Wellness · Relationships · Money · Home & Living · Work/Life.
Jana repeatedly looks at the family photo album in dismay, asking her parents questions about the pictures. She implores her father to dismantle the robots before he and her mother become completely dependent on them. When her request becomes an ultimatum, Dr. Loren complies to save his relationship with his daughter.
Upon ordering the robots to go to Dr. Loren's basement workshop and wait to be dismantled, the robots verbally express concern by asking if their service was substandard, and even pleading that they are the best possible servants. Loren is not interested in hearing it and again orders them downstairs. Once the robots are out of the picture, Jana is thrilled and looking forward to a new life with travel and parties and the prospect of finding a man, marrying and have children.
Seeing the dismayed expressions of her parents, combined with a series of sudden realizations, including the fact that the family photo album contains no pictures of her as a child, she arrives at the shocking awareness that she, too, is a robot, albeit much more emotionally sophisticated than the ones that were dismantled.
Like the servants, all of her past memories were created by Dr. Loren tries to explain that they were childless and wanted someone to love.
Etherson bungles an attempt to join the company of Noreen, a chorus girl from the nightclub. Etherson rushes back to the nightclub intent on destroying Willy. In his darkened dressing room, he throws open the trunk, pulls the dummy from within, throws it to the floor, and smashes it with his foot.
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He turns on the light and finds that he has destroyed Goofy Goggles. Willy sits on the sofa, fully alive and intent on continuing their partnership. Sometime later, Willy and Jerry are introduced in a nightclub in Kansas City. When the curtain parts, the performers walk on stage. Willy is now the ventriloquist and the dummy on his knee is Etherson.
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Perhaps an under-discussed aspect of The Twilight Zone is the frequency, and variety, with which the series approached tales of doubles, dummies, dolls, and effigies. Such tales were a recurring story motif for the entirety of the series.
The best of these episodes play on what is known in psychological terms as automatonophobia fear of human-like figures and the related term pediophobia fear of dolls. The tale of the evil ventriloquist dummy offers an opportunity to explore these fears through a uniquely psychological perspective, due to the intrinsic aspect connecting the performer to the object of the performance.
In this way, it is closely related to tales of puppets or marionettes, objects which achieve a semblance of life through human interaction. Despite a prevalence in the genre, tales of evil dummies and dolls remain fascinating and effective because they explore identity, sanity, control, and the ability to animate the inanimate through a lens of fear and fantasy. Though ventriloquism was used in religious ceremony since the middle ages, it did not see widespread use as a form of entertainment until the latter part of the 18th century.
The form as we recognize it today flourished in the music halls of England and on the vaudeville stage in America in the latter part of the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century.
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Early performers simply spoke through their hands but the use of a doll or dummy was quickly instituted and has remained an essential part of the performance art to this day. By the time Rod Serling came to write his take on the tale of an evil ventriloquist dummy, using a story idea from television writer Lee Polk, the subgenre was well-worn and had already produced a handful of works now recognized as classics of their type.
The story tells of a ventriloquist whose fragmented sanity is reflected in his continued dependency on his dummy in order to express himself.
The most famous version of the story is the film The Great Gabbo starring Erich von Stroheim as the ventriloquist. Though many sources are quick to point out that the film is not a horror film, it is certainly a strange film, unusual even today and in its treatment of a now well-thread theme. Twilight Zone actress Anne Francis appeared in the television adaptation. This story would prove to be enormously influential on subsequent writers who tackled the theme, including Rod Serling.
More on this in a moment. Twilight Zone actor John Hoyt appeared in the television adaptation. The tale is remembered chiefly due to its clever and shocking twist ending. Then arrived a film in which has proven hugely influential on Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone.
The film, Dead of Night from Ealing Studios, is a supernatural horror anthology film which contains five story segments and a wraparound narrative segment. A second performance of the radio play served as the pilot episode of Escape! Twilight Zone actor Art Carney appeared in the radio adaptation.
The story effectively uses gruesome physical horror and was memorably adapted for the second season of the Tales from the Crypt television series starring Twilight Zone actor Don Rickles and directed by Twilight Zone director Richard Donner. Bradbury initially sold his story to radio where it was adapted by Mel Dinelli and aired on Suspense for November 13, Rod Serling knew well enough the preceding history of the subgenre to offer some interesting variations on the theme and to offer his own unique explanation for the animating factor of the dummy.
You poured words into my head, you moved my mouth, you stuck out my tongue. You made me what I am today.
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The ending which follows suggests that this side of Etherson is the dominating side and that he has succumbed to this aspect of his nature. This moment is symbolically realized visually by having Etherson on his knees with head bowed before Willy. The story idea was provided to Serling by New York City television writer and programmer Lee Polk, who specialized in programming for children and in educational programming.
It is interesting to note that although Serling was constantly inundated with unsolicited story ideas, he typically felt comfortable accepting story ideas provided by fellow television writers such as Polk and Frederic Louis Fox. In this way, Serling was free to adapt the initial story idea in any way he wanted and, more importantly, to dictate the tone of the tale in any way he saw fit.