Today, February 21st, This Day in Twilight Zone History and The Twilight Zone Encyclopedia celebrate the 1963 premiere of "Miniature."
Relative newcomer Robert Duvall starred as mild-mannered accountant Charley Parkes – a real square peg – who takes his daily lunch hour at the local museum. There, he focuses on a particularly captivating miniature of a 19th century townhouse, with a tiny woman (Clair Griswold) who comes to life for him – along with her maid and suitor.
Like Henry Bemis (Burgess Meredith) in "Time Enough at Last," Charley has found mental and emotional shelter in a world all his own.
Written by Charles Beaumont and capably directed by Walter Grauman, "Miniature" ran afoul of a plagiarism suit against Beaumont's script. According to Grauman, a settlement was reached and CBS was prevented from rerunning the episode for 20 years. It's another underrated hour of TZ.
Duvall had previously co-starred as Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and has gone on to become one of America’s most honored actors with seven Academy Award nominations and a win for Tender Mercies (1984). The object of Charley's affections, the little woman, was portrayed by Claire Griswold (1936-2011), who had a brief acting career before marrying director Sydney Pollack.
So let's raise a 19th century libation to Charley Parkes and his special little world, found only in a tiny reserved corner of The Twilight Zone.