The Twilight Zone

Season 5 Episode 25

The Masks

Aired Unknown Mar 20, 1964 on CBS



  • Trivia

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Jason Foster, a tired ancient who on this particular Mardi Gras evening will leave the earth. But before departing he has some things to do, some services to perform, some debts to pay--and some justice to mete out. This is New Orleans, Mardi Gras time. It is also the Twilight Zone.

    • Jason: (dying) It's the moment you've all been waiting for, I believe. Now you can dig deep in the treasury.
      Emily: Are you feeling weaker, Father?
      Jason: At last... a note of hope in your voice, Emily?
      Emily: Why must you always say such cruel and miserable things to me?
      Wilfred: I quite agree, Father!
      Jason: Why indeed, my loved ones! Because you're cruel and miserable people! Because none of you respond to love! Emily responds only to what her petty hungers dictate, a prime example of this being her marriage to Wilfred... a marriage which broke her dear late mother's heart, in every sense! Wilfred responds only to things that have weight and mass and gaugeable value! He measures novels, he doesn't experience them! He judges artwork, he doesn't seek out its beauty or its meaning! And Paula lives in a mirror; the world is nothing more to her than a reflection of herself. And her brother... Humanity to him is a small animal, caught in a trap, waiting to be tormented! His pleasure is the giving of pain, and from this he receives the same sense of fulfillment most people get from a kiss or an embrace! You're caricatures, all of you! Even without your masks, you're caricatures!

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: Mardi Gras incident, the dramatis personae being four people who came to celebrate and in a sense let themselves go. This they did with a vengeance. They now wear the faces of all that was inside them--and they'll wear them for the rest of their lives, said lives now to be spent in shadow. Tonight's tale of men, the macabre and masks--on the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • The main lobby of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in Disney World has exact replicas from the four-foot statue holding the glass from the mansion in this episode.

    • Directed by Ida Lupino, the only woman to direct a Twilight Zone episode. She also made an appearance in "The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine".

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