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The Twilight Zone S01 E04 The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine


The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, suspense, and/or horror, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes.

"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" is episode four of the American television series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on October 23, 1959 on CBS. The title is a reference to 16 mm film.

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. ”


Aging film star Barbara Jean Trenton secludes herself in her private screening room, where she reminisces about her past by watching her old films from the 1930s. In an attempt to bring her out into the real world, her agent Danny Weiss arranges a part for her in a new movie. The man who runs the studio, Marty Sall, however, is rather petty, small, and callous. When she returns, Barbara and Danny get into an argument when she decides to deny reality and call all of her friends (who have moved on or died).

After the argument, Barbara has, according to her maid, chosen to stay in the room day and night. Danny decides to bring a former leading man—now also older, Jerry Herndon, many years retired from acting and managing a chain of grocery stores—to visit her. She is horrified by her friend's aged appearance and orders them both to leave. After the ill-fated visit, Barbara goes back into the projector room and puts on a movie that features his younger self, denying that the present-day Jerry is the real one and voices her wish repeatedly to join the one on the screen as the screen blurs accordingly.

Barbara Jean's maid comes with a snack and coffee, only to find the screening room empty—and is horrified by what she sees on the screen. Danny comes over and is told that Barbara has vanished from the house. He runs the projector and sees, in the movie, the living room of the house, filled with movie stars and as they appeared in the old films and Barbara Jean. She welcomes them to a party and says that dinner will be by the pool. As she starts off with Jerry, Danny tries to call her back to 1959 and reality. In response, she throws her scarf toward the camera and departs just before the film ends. In the actual living room, Danny finds Barbara Jean's scarf. "To wishes, Barbie", he says wistfully. "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.

This episode is very deep. While going through the Kennedy library collection I found a photograph with a drawing of Lauren Bacall displayed at Kathleen Kennedy's apartment during a party over two years before she became famous in her first picture To Have and Have Not. The famous espionage agents of the age were there including Inga Arvad John's heart throb and possible spy. George Mead soon to die at Guadalcanal was there too. The picture was of the future as a clue.

The ensign is not identified. We must remember John was assigned to naval intelligence. He knew the secrets to unfold. He was sent to die in the Pacific too. By miracle he survived. 

Posted by Conspiracy Cafe on July 16, 2019 at 6:01 PM 190 Views