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Aging film star Barbara Jean Trenton (Creator/IdaLupino) secludes herself in her private screening room, where she reminisces about her past by watching her old films. In an attempt to bring her out into the real world, her agent Danny Weiss (Martin Balsam) arranges a part for her in a new movie and brings a former leading man—now also older, many years retired from acting, and managing a chain of grocery stores—to visit her. This horrifies Barbara Jean and only drives her further into seclusion. Then one day, Barbara Jean's maid finds the screening room empty—and is shocked by what she sees on the screen. Danny comes over and sees on the screen the living room of the house, filled with movie stars and Barbara Jean as they appeared in the old films. He pleads with her to come back, but she throws her scarf toward the camera and departs just before the film ends. In the living room, Danny finds Barbara Jean's scarf. "To wishes, Barbie," he says wistfully, "to the ones that come true..."

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Aging film star Barbara Jean Trenton (Creator/IdaLupino) secludes herself in her private screening room, where she reminisces about her past by watching her old films. In an attempt to bring her out into the real world, her agent Danny Weiss (Martin Balsam) arranges a part for her in a new movie and brings a former leading man—now also older, many years retired from acting, and managing a chain of grocery stores—to visit her. This horrifies Barbara Jean and only drives her further into seclusion. Then one day, Barbara Jean's maid finds the screening room empty—and is shocked by what she sees on the screen. Danny comes over and sees on the screen the living room front hall of the house, filled with movie stars and Barbara Jean as they appeared in the old films. He pleads with her to come back, but she throws her scarf toward the camera and departs just before the film ends. In the living room, Danny finds Barbara Jean's scarf. "To wishes, Barbie," he says wistfully, "to the ones that come true..."

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* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Barbara was given a visit by Jerry Jearnden, who came to her as an old but content man running a chain of grocery stores. Rather than teach her how she could potentially be happy like Jerry (living life to the fullest despite having lost their fame and youth), the visit only makes Barbara more frightened of growing old and obscure, prompting her to further isolate herself.


* {{Foil}: Jerry Hearnden is one for Barbara. While Barbara is tortured by her lost youth and fame, he appears to have largely moved on and isn't overly upset about the loss of his career or looks and now lives a normal life.

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* {{Foil}: {{Foil}}: Jerry Hearnden is one for Barbara. While Barbara is tortured by her lost youth and fame, he appears to have largely moved on and isn't overly upset about the loss of his career or looks and now lives a normal life.

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* {{Foil}: Jerry Hearnden is one for Barbara. While Barbara is tortured by her lost youth and fame, he appears to have largely moved on and isn't overly upset about the loss of his career or looks and now lives a normal life.


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* IRejectYourReality: It becomes increasingly clear how unstable Barbara is when she tells Danny to call up her old co-stars, only for Danny to remind her that one has been dead five years and the other two have long since retired.
* IWasQuiteALooker: Jerry Hearndan was once a handsome leading man but is now an older man and Barbara is clearly shaken to see how he looks now compared to their glory days.


* RousseauWasRight: Played straight. Barbara remembers International Studios head Marty Sall as being a crude tasteless man and difficult to work with, but Danny believes he's mellowed out with age. However, it turns out that Sall really is as cruel today as he was then. Danny even lampshades how right Barbara was upon returning home, admitting Sall is still a mean, petty jerk.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part in the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': Picture of a woman looking at a picture. Movie great of another time, once brilliant once-brilliant star in a firmament no longer a part in of the sky, eclipsed by the movement of earth and time. Barbara Jean Trenton, whose world is a projection room, whose dreams are made out of celluloid. Barbara Jean Trenton, struck down by hit-and-run years and lying on the unhappy pavement, trying desperately to get the license number of fleeting fame.


* {{Metaphorgotten}}: The end of Rod Serling’a closing monologue (see page quote).

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* {{Metaphorgotten}}: The end of Rod Serling’a closing Serling’s opening monologue (see page quote).quote). Played for tongue-in-cheek laughs.

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* {{Metaphorgotten}}: The end of Rod Serling’a closing monologue (see page quote).


* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor Jerry Hearndan she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who contently owns a chain of grocery stores.

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* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor Jerry Hearndan she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who contently owns a chain of grocery stores.


* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who contently owns a chain of grocery stores.

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* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor Jerry Hearndan she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who contently owns a chain of grocery stores.


* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who owns a chain of grocery stores.

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* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged, humble man who contently owns a chain of grocery stores.


->'''Creator/RodSerling''': To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It ''can'' happen -- in [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The Twilight Zone]].

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->'''Creator/RodSerling''': To the wishes that come true, to the strange, mystic strength of the human animal, who can take a wishful dream and give it a dimension of its own. To Barbara Jean Trenton, movie queen of another era, who has changed the blank tomb of an empty projection screen into a private world. It ''can'' happen -- in [[Series/TheTwilightZone1959 The the Twilight Zone]].
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* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged man who owns a chain of grocery stores.

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* NostalgiaFilter: Somewhat downplayed when Barbara has a clear recollection of her dislike for the International Studios head Marty Sall. Played straight when she remembers the lead actor she had a crush on as being a dashing Casanova who was just as passionate about acting as she was. Sadly, despite what she remembers about the actor, he's now an aged aged, humble man who owns a chain of grocery stores.


* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In response to the International Studios head Marty Sall's rather harsh comment, Barbara's agent Danny sincerely hopes that one day Marty will know what it's like to be past his prime and be figuratively kicked in the mouth.

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: In response to the International Studios head Marty Sall's rather harsh comment, Barbara's agent Danny sincerely hopes that one day Marty Sall will know what it's like to be past his prime and be figuratively kicked in the mouth.

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* ShowWithinAShow: Barbara Jean Trenton starred in ''Farewell Without Tears'' in 1933 and ''A Night in Paris'' in 1934.

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