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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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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Did You Know?


Jackie Cooper's name previously appeared on a poster for the film O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935), in which he starred, in The Twilight Zone: The Incredible World of Horace Ford (1963). 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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Very entertaining for a short film, suspenseful with a bit of unintended humor.
5 May 2015 | by anthonyc-25986See all my reviews

It's a short film, not a movie. And The Twilight Zone already did an episode called "The Dummy" where the ventriloquist does not know the dummy is alive and is much scarier than "Caesar and Me," but this episode used the same scary dummy, one of the creepiest dummies of all time. Also, my first time watching it was as child not an adult. Iv'e seen this episode numerous times and love it.

It's a simple plot but the actors and actresses make it great. In this episode, Jonathan (the ventriloquist played by Jackie Cooper, he is also the voice of Caesar) has trouble finding work as a ventriloquist and has trouble paying his rent and buying food. Whilst the landlord is very kind to Jonathan, she has a niece who is a complete brat and suspects the Dummy is really alive.

After Jonathan hocks his grandfather's watch and gets turned down for work, sinister Caesar talks him into stealing which Jonathan does not approve of but does it anyways. Jonathan Loves Caesar in the way he tries to take care of him and the way he talks to him, it's very funny. The whole short film is terrific and is easily a top 25 episode from Serling's Twilight Zone.

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