The Twilight Zone

Season 1 Episode 4

The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

4
Aired Unknown Oct 23, 1959 on CBS
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7.3
out of 10
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183 votes
  • 'The 16mm Shrine' is "The Twilight Zone"s take on Sunset Blvd.

    6.0
    In 'The 16mm Shrine' an aging actress, played by Ida Lupino, sits in a darkened room watching her old films. She longs to be beautiful and famous again; Just as she was in those films. All the while her maid and agent try to help her realize that 20 years have passed and she can't go back. Martin Balsam and Ida Lupino both deserve credit for creating memorable characters in the short amount of time they were given. The theme of revisiting the past was touched upon in the prior episode 'Mr. Denton On Doomsday' and would be dealt with even more extensively upon in the next episode 'Walking Distance'. However, both 'Mr. Denton On Doomsday' and 'Walking Distance' achieved a more satisfying conclusion then 'The 16mm Shrine'. The final plot twist is just unconvincing. Overall, I give it a 6 for 10.
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