The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Caesar and Me 

When Irish ventriloquist Jonathan West cannot find any work, his dummy Caesar suggests that he turn to robbery.


Robert Butler


Adele T. Strassfield, Rod Serling (created by)




Episode complete credited cast:
Jackie Cooper ... Jonathan West / Caesar (voice)
Morgan Brittany ... Susan - Agnes' Niece (as Susanne Cupito)
Sarah Selby ... Agnes Cudahy - Landlady
Don Gazzaniga ... Detective
Stafford Repp ... Pawnbroker


Ventriloquist Jonathan West isn't having much luck finding a job. He's gone to several auditions but no one taken him on. He's falling behind in his rent and is now getting to the point where he's running out of things to pawn. He has to put up with the taunts of young Susan, the landlady's niece. He's also talking to his dummy, Caesar, who has advice for him on how to get ahead. It's not very good advice however. Written by garykmcd

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Did You Know?


This is the only episode of the series written by a woman. Adele T. Strassfield was the secretary of William Froug, the producer of the second half of the final season of The Twilight Zone (1959). According to Froug, they worked out "Caesar and Me" together. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: A little girl and a wooden doll. A lethal dummy in the shape of a man. But everybody knows dummies can't talk - unless, of course, they learn their vocabulary in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Will the Real Dummy Please Stand Up
15 July 2006 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Personable ventriloquist lets dummy do thinking for him.

Most variations on the diabolical dummy-- of which there are many-- keep the secret until the end whatever it might be. This one doesn't. We know from the outset that the wooden man is alive in some sense. He walks and talks with Cooper, but only when he decides to. Inferior episode, with neither suspense, atmosphere, nor even a half-baked moral to the proceedings. Cooper seems to have wandered in from a charm school where dummies are expected to talk since he never registers the slightest surprise that he's not really a ventriloquist. In fact, getting right down to it, the whole script makes very little sense, appearing to have been patched together. Best part is the bratty little girl, who really deserves a lot worse than she gets.

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Release Date:

10 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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