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The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 34

The After Hours

5
Aired Unknown Jun 10, 1960 on CBS
9.2
out of 10
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215 votes
9

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Episode Summary

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A woman discovers that the floor of a department store, on which she bought a gold thimble, doesn't exist - and that her "saleslady" is really a mannequin!

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • one of the better ones

    9.0
    One of the better ones. Certainly this is better for Anne Francis than that later episode "JEss Belle" in which her talents were just wasted. The only complaint I have is that the "New "Twilight Zone" did a remake in which the maniquin woman doesnt accept that she only comes alive for a week and still tries to act human.
  • I Think Therefore I Mannequin?

    8.0
    And all this time I thought mannequins were inanimate objects!
  • My vote for the best TZ episode of all time

    10
    I think it's the masterpiece of the series, 10 stars.
  • "Marcia Marcia Marcia..."

    10
    Anne Francis is wonderful here, in a role that seems tailor-made for her: where she can tilt her head to the side and look puzzled and say, "Wait, that doesn't seem to make sense at all..." The dark-featured lady who waits on her is a perfect combination of elegance and menace, and of course we also get to see the redoubtable James Millhollin (who has to be a cousin of Franklin Pangborn) doing a redoubtable double take. This episode btw features the second-most famous "Marcia Marcia Marcia..." in TV history. Okay, the premise is arguably a bit on the silly side, but it's done so consummately well (and with touches of humor and panache throughout) that it passes muster and then some...kind of like the best TZ episode that John Collier never wrote.moreless
  • One of the all-time best Twilight Zone episodes.

    10
    The relatively everyday setting of a department store becomes an eerie backdrop for this highly imaginative tale. What I found fascinating were the subtle editing and directing hints dropped throughout the episode, that not all the "people" you were seeing were actually people. The odd leg movements, stiff hand gestures, the tight shots of feet. They are suggesting the limited range of mannequin motions, though you may not realize it on the first viewing. The actors were well cast physically, which was essential to make the premise believable. What could have been cheesy, with the wrong actors or director, instead is a classic.moreless

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    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Express elevator to the ninth floor of a department store, carrying Miss Marsha White on a most prosaic, ordinary, run of the mill errand. Miss Marsha White on the ninth floor, specialties department, looking for a gold thimble. The odds are she'll find it, but there are even better odds that she'll find something else, because this isn't just a department store. This happens to be the Twilight Zone.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Marsha White in her normal and natural state…But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask, particularly in the Twilight Zone.

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