The Twilight Zone – Complete Series Review – Season 5 Episode 28 – Caesar and Me

Former child star Jackie Cooper plays Jonathan West, an Irish immigrant who has a very unsuccessful career as a ventriloquist.  Caesar, his dummy is, of course, alive.  He berates Jonathan because of his failure and threatens to abandon him.  Having pawned his last valuables and owing the rent to his landlady Mrs. Cudahy, Jonathan and Caesar go on one last audition at a local nightclub.  But the audition is a bomb and now Jonathan is desperate.  Caesar mocks Jonathan and tells him that he is going to have to become a thief if he wants to avoid being evicted.  Caesar talks him through breaking into the local deli and stealing enough money for the rent.

But Mrs. Cudahy has a young niece Susan who dislikes Jonathan and suspects that something strange is going on with Caesar.  She eavesdrops on them talking together in their room and tries to figure out how Caesar seems to be talking.

Now Caesar tells Jonathan they need to get more money and relates a plan to rob the nightclub that they auditioned at.  Jonathan doesn’t want to do it but Caesar is adamant and they go to the club at midnight.  While escaping with the money they are caught by the night watchman but they convince him that they were there waiting for the boss.  He had seen them at the audition and believes their story so he lets them go.  That night Jonathan bewails his new career as a thief and Susan hears them talking about the robbery through the door.

The next day news of the robbery reaches Susan and she immediately calls the police to report Jonathan.  The police show up at Jonathan’s door and they tell him he’s been identified by the night watchman.  Jonathan confesses and is taken away by the police.  Susan watches Jonathan being taken away but then Caesar speaks to her.  He tells her that he knows where the stolen money is and if she will get the money and take him along he’ll show her around New York City.  She says she wants to but says her Aunt will stop her.  Caesar tells her that she can get rid of her Aunt (sounding like murder).

Regular readers of these Twilight Zone reviews know how I feel about living dummies.  But seeing how close we are to the end of the series and knowing this is the last dummy story I won’t go on and on.  The story is sort of melodramatic and Jackie Cooper plays the character as a pathetic figure.  The story is thin.  C+.