The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine

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"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 4
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
Written by Rod Serling
Featured music Franz Waxman
Cinematography by George T. Clemens
Production code 173-3610
Original air date October 23, 1959
Guest appearance(s)
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"The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine" is episode four of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It originally aired on October 23, 1959 on CBS. The title is a reference to 16 mm film.

Opening narration[edit]


Aging film star Barbara Jean Trenton secludes herself in her private screening room, where she reminisces about her past by watching her old films. In an attempt to bring her out into the real world, her agent Danny Weiss arranges a part for her in a new movie and brings a former leading man—now also older, many years retired from acting and managing a chain of grocery stores—to visit her. This horrifies Barbara Jean and only drives her further into seclusion. Then one day, Barbara Jean's maid finds the screening room empty—and is horrified by what she sees on the screen. Danny comes over and sees on the screen the living room of the house, filled with movie stars and Barbara Jean as they appeared in the old films. She throws her scarf toward the camera and departs just before the film ends. In the living room, Danny finds Barbara Jean's scarf. "To wishes, Barbie", he says wistfully. "To the ones that come true."

Closing narration[edit]


Episode notes[edit]

This episode contains several similarities to Billy Wilder's film Sunset Boulevard and shares the same composer and conductor of music, Franz Waxman.[1]

Ida Lupino would later direct the season five episode "The Masks". She was both the only person to have acted in one episode and directed another, and the only woman to direct a Twilight Zone episode.



  1. ^ Staggs, Sam (2003). Close-up on Sunset Boulevard: Billy Wilder, Norma Desmond, and the Dark Hollywood Dream. Macmillan. pp. 299, 300. ISBN 978-0312302542. 


Further reading[edit]

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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