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The New Exhibit

"The New Exhibit"
The Twilight Zone episode
Episode no. Season 4
Episode 115
Directed by John Brahm
Written by Jerry Sohl (credited to Charles Beaumont)
Featured music Stock
Production code 4866
Original air date April 4, 1963
Guest actors

Martin Balsam: Martin Lombard Senescu
Will Kuluva: Mr. Ferguson
Maggie Mahoney: Emma Senescu
William Mims: Dave
Marcel Hillaire: Guide
Milton Parsons: Henri Desiré Landru
David Bond: Jack the Ripper
Billy Beck: Hare
Phil Chambers: Gas Man
Leonard Bremen: Delivery Van Man
Eddie Barth: Sailor
Craig Curtis: Sailor
Bob Mitchell: Albert W. Hicks
Robert McCord: William Burke

"The New Exhibit" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone.

Contents

  • Mr. Serling's Opening Narration 1
  • Plot 2
  • Mr. Serling's Closing Narration 3
  • References 4

Mr. Serling's Opening Narration

Plot

Martin Senescu works at a wax museum. His boss and best friend, Mr. Ferguson, informs him that the museum will close, to be torn down and replaced by a shopping mall. The dispirited Martin asks one request; to spare the wax figures of Jack the Ripper, Albert W. Hicks, Henri Désiré Landru, William Burke and William Hare.

Mr. Ferguson complies, and Martin takes the figures home, to the dismay of his wife, Emma. They keep the figures in the basement, under high air conditioning and constant care. Emma, who is terrified of them and concerned by their effect on Martin, doesn't know what to do. She seeks the advice of her brother, Dave, who tells her to shut off the air conditioning and melt Martin's collection. She sneaks out of bed one night, goes down to the basement, and tries to shut off the air conditioner. The wax figure of Jack the Ripper pivots his knife-wielding hand towards Emma, who screams.

The next morning, Martin discovers his wife dead and Jack's bloody knife. Martin verbally chides Jack, explaining that what he did was wrong, and buries Emma's body to conceal Jack's crime. The next day, Emma's brother Dave visits Martin, wondering where she is. Martin nervously rushes him out of the house. Dave then sneaks into the basement through the back entrance and eyes the wet cement where his sister is buried. While he is examining the area, the wax figure of an ax-wielding Hicks watches him. Dave looks up in horror as Hicks's ax comes down and strikes him in the head.

Martin comes down later to find the carnage left by Hicks. He yells at Hicks, and once again hides the evidence.

Several weeks later, Ferguson comes to visit Martin. Happily, Ferguson tells Martin that the figures have been sold to the legendary Marchand's Wax Museum in Brussels. Martin is sadly forced to give up the wax figures he's so greatly cared for. Though clearly disappointed, he goes upstairs and makes tea to celebrate. Meanwhile, Ferguson is measuring and examining the figures. The wax figure of a rope-handling Landru eyes him. As soon as Ferguson turns around, Landru lowers the rope around his neck and strangles Ferguson to death.

When Martin comes downstairs carrying a tray, he finds Ferguson lying lifeless on the floor. Unstabilized, Martin yells at the figures who have betrayed him by killing his best and only friend. Martin grabs a crowbar, planning to smash them all to bits. He eyes Landru, indicating that he'll be the first destroyed for killing Ferguson.

The wax figures get up off their pedestals and slowly creep towards Martin. Their faces unmoving, they tell him that he was the one that murdered his wife, brother-in-law, and best friend, not them. Martin screams as the figures close in.

Some time later, at Marchand's, a tour guide introduces the wax figures to a crowd of visitors. However, there is a new addition to this exhibit: a wax figure of Martin Lombard Senescu, who is believed to have killed his wife, brother-in-law, and best friend.

Mr. Serling's Closing Narration

References

  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone.
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