The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The New Exhibit 

A wax-museum employee fights to preserve five figures of famous murderers.

Director:

John Brahm

Writers:

Charles Beaumont, Rod Serling (created by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Balsam ... Martin Lombard Senescu
Will Kuluva ... Ernest Ferguson
Margaret Field Margaret Field ... Emma Senescu (as Maggie Mahoney)
William Mims William Mims ... Dave
Phil Chambers ... Gas Man
Leonard Bremen ... Van Man (as Lennie Bremen)
Eddie Barth ... Sailor (as Ed Barth)
Craig Curtis ... Sailor
Milton Parsons ... Henri Desire Landru
David Bond ... Jack the Ripper
Bob Mitchell Bob Mitchell ... Albert W. Hicks
Robert McCord ... Burke (as Robert L. McCord)
Billy Beck ... Hare
Marcel Hillaire ... The Guide
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Martin Lombard Senescu is a gentle man and the curator of Murderer's Row in Ferguson's wax museum. He loves his work and is fascinated by what drives men to commit the crimes that they do. He's informed by his boss Mr. Ferguson that the property is being sold to developers who will raze the building and erect a supermarket. Martin brings 5 of of wax figures home but after a year his wife is at her wits end. Martin spends all of his time in the basement with his beloved friends and the cost of keeping them is eating into their already limited income. When Martin finds Emma dead in the basement he buries her there. When her brother Dave shows up, he too is apparently killed. After Mr. Ferguson finally finds a buyer for the wax figures, Martin reluctantly agrees to let them go. There is an addition to he exhibit however. Written by garykmcd

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The director John Brahm already made a movie related to Jack the Ripper, called The Lodger (1944). See more »

Goofs

When they first go into Murderers' Row, the light shines on the "wax figure" with the hatchet, and you can see him blink. See more »

Quotes

Martin Lombard Senescu: They need me! They'd be lost!
Emma Senescu: Martin, they're not alive. They don't need anybody!
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Connections

Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Of Late I Think of Cliffordville (1963) See more »

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Martin Balsam shines as wax museum worker in episode directed by John Brahm...
15 February 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

John Brahm (director of feature film classics THE LODGER and HANGOVER SQUARE), directed this "Twilight Zone" episode starring MARTIN BALSAM, giving it the sort of Gothic touches he gave his full-length feature films. This one is about a wax museum curator who delights in taking the customers on a tour of "Murder's Row", including lifelike wax figures of infamous criminals like Jack the Ripper. Balsam is so obsessed with these figures that he's soon a good candidate for "the twilight zone" himself.

When told that the museum will have to be demolished to make way for a supermarket, Balsam sees his thirty-year career as a curator coming to an end. The owner explains that "People aren't interested in wax figures any more" when Balsam suggests opening another museum. He shows Balsam the waning cash receipts, but Balsam is obsessed with preserving the five wax figures of murderers in his basement.

What happens next, makes for a very intriguing episode of "The Twilight Zone" called THE NEW EXHIBIT under the expert guidance of John Brahm.

Balsam is excellent as the caretaker who talks to the figures as though they were real. The story takes a sharp turn into high suspense when his wife enters the cellar with every intention of turning off the air-conditioner that keeps the figures from melting. The suspense is even further heightened when her brother becomes suspicious of her eventual disappearance as well as when the museum owner arrives with the news that the figures have been sold to another museum, but has to take their measurements first. What happens can only be described as something that can only occur in "The Twilight Zone".

Well done, it's a special treat for fright fans.


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