The Dummy

Episode Reviews (6)

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  • 1.0

    I've never been the same since this episode!

    By SamTherra, Nov 13, 2011

    Where were my parents? What were my parents thinking letting me watch this show? I was only 8 years old!

    I liked the "Twilight Zone". I liked Cliff Robertson. And who knows, before this episode I may have even liked ventriloquist's dummies.

    To this day I CAN NOT bear to see a "dummy" on TV, in comic strips, or God forbid, in person!

    My husband (knowing of my phobia) warns me about TV commercials and comic strips, which we both read online, that have anything to do with ventriloquist's dummies.

    I don't blame the ventriloquist in this episode for being driven to drink. I'd be right behind him!

    So, to be fair, I guess Rod Serling did his job with this episode. It not only scared the living daylights out of me then, but it has left a VERY lasting impression on me!

    Thank God for Jim Henson (R.I.P.) and his Muppets. They've shown me that not ALL puppets are the same.moreless

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  • 8.5

    One word to describe this classic Twilight Zone episode: Creepy.

    By tzfanatic93, Mar 23, 2010

    I've always loved The Dummy and it has always been one of my favorite episodes. Here we see Cliff Robertson as a ventrioquist with an evil ventriloquist's dummy (classic spooky stuff) named Willie. The best part was always the end when Willie somehowe becomes a human and Jerry becomes a ventriloquist's doll. In a spooky sort of way this episode tells us that if we work hard enough at something to try to make it as real as possible sometimes it just may become real and may even take over your life to the point where it becomes you. One of the best, no doubt about that.moreless

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  • 7.0

    This only the 2nd episode I've seen.

    By krsfromprp, Jun 09, 2009

    This only the 2nd episode I've seen. I thought it was O.K. The acting is pretty bad, but I do like the story. I thought they could have used the dummy more, to haunt the ventriloquist. But, it was the 60's so I guess I can cut them some slack. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 100. .moreless

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  • 10

    One of my favorites -- dark -- typical Twilight Z.

    By cybernaut_ev, Oct 30, 2005

    This episode successfully sets the ominous mood. Even without the special effects they have today, the dummy is portrayed as very scary simply by repositioning him everytime the ventriloquist turns around--especially when the dummy's arm is thrown over the seat to portray a casual relaxed way. The dummy gives funny smart-alecky answers and he wants to take over. The substitute dummy was good. The ending is freakish. Excellent tortured performance by Cliff Robertson. Loved the story.

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  • 3.5

    A ventriloquist believes his dummy is evil, so makes a new act with another. With the dummy displeased, we hear evil laughter, and a new act is created.

    By bandchick987, Aug 10, 2005

    This has got to be one of the worst Twilight Zone episodes made. Not only was the plotline slow, but the ending was predictable. A man believes his dummy, Willie, is alive and evil, so he gets a new dummy to take Willie’s place. He locks Willie in the trunk. Now, is that really going to help anything? If you believe a dummy is “alive and evil”, just stuffing it in a trunk will NOT help anything. With the ventriloquist believing Willie is evil in the beginning of the episode, we have 10 minutes of lame filler for the episode with discussions of a good career and his “good” dummy’s act. But then the guy starts hearing Willie’s voice in his head so he decides to unlock his trunk and destroy it but, surprise!, he destroyed the normal one. Willie makes a speech that is too confusing and/or boring to follow, then the next scene cuts to a man who looks like Willie, and a doll that looks like the man. The end! The one shock wasn’t all that surprising… what else could have happened? This episode is not worth seeing.moreless

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