Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffin Dunne .... Paul Hackett
Rosanna Arquette (_Crash_, _Desperately Seeking Susan_) .... Marcy
Verna Bloom .... June
Tommy Chong .... Pepe
Linda Fiorentino .... Kiki
Teri Garr (_Close Encounters Of The Third Kind_ DVDx2 (1977) .... Julie
John Heard .... Tom the Bartender
Cheech Marin .... Neil
Catherine O'Hara .... Gail
Dick Miller .... Waiter
Will Patton .... Horst
Robert Plunket .... Street Pickup
Bronson Pinchot .... Lloyd
Rocco Sisto .... Coffee Shop Cashier
Larry Block .... Taxi Driver
Color: Color (DuArt)
Sound Mix: Mono
Certification: USA:R / Germany:12 / Sweden:15
Marsha White - Anne Francis
Saleswoman - Elizabeth Allen
Armbruster - James Millhollin
Elevator Operator - John Conwell
Miss Pettigrew - Nancy Rennick
Sloan - Patrick Whyte
written by Rod Serling
producer - Buck Houghton
director - Douglas Heyes
director of photography - George T. Clemens
music - stock
makeup - william tuttle
Marsha finds the ninth floor
to be a disturbingly barren place where the ONLY piece of merchandise is
a single gold thimble. This is sold to her by an overly familiar,
strangely insolent saleslady. Returning to the main floor, Marsha
notices that the thimble is scratched - but when she goes to complain she's
told that there IS no ninth floor. Spotting the salesgirl, Marsha
points her out - and is horrified to see that the figure is a mannequin!
Shaken, she is assisted by store personnel to an inner office where she
falls asleep. When she awakens, she finds the store closed and herself
within. As she wanders in the dark, she hears voices speaking to
her which seem to come from the mannequins. Terrified, she backs
into an elevator - which takes her to the ninth floor. The mannequins
are there, and one by one they come to life, including the saleslady and
the elevator operator who originally conducted her to the ninth floor.
Under their probing, Marsha remembers that she too is a mannequin.
Each of them is allowed a month's sojourn among the humans, but Marsha
forgot her true identity and did not return on time. With melancholy
resignation, Marsha apologizes, then reverts to her original - and inanimate
- _The Twilight Zone Companion_ by Marc Scott Zicree
Episode #34 aired June 10, 1060
Express elevator to the ninth floor of a department store, carrying Miss Marsha White on a most prosaic, ordinary, run of the mill errand. Miss Marsha White on the ninth floor, specialties department, looking for a gold thimble. The odds are she'll find it, but there are even better odds that she'll find something else, because this isn't just a department store. This happens to be the Twilight Zone.
A young woman by the name of Marsha White is idly strolling through a department store when she decides to take the elevator to a different floor. To her surprise, another elevator opens, directly to the right of the main elevator. Marsha is the only person to board the elevator. She informs the elevator operator that she is looking for gold thimbles in particular, and the operator says that they're on the ninth floor, specialties department. Marsha comments on the fact that she is the only person riding the elevator. The elevator operator explains to her that this is an express elevator to the ninth floor, and the other people were merely locals. When Marsha reaches the ninth floor, she leaves the elevator but immediately realizes that the entire floor is deserted, filled with empty display cases. The elevator quickly closes, leaving her deserted.
A few moments later, a saleswoman arrives to help Marsha look for the thimble. The saleswoman takes her to a glass case that has nothing in it but one gold thimble. Puzzled, Marsha pays cash for the item and quickly tries to leave, but stops to comment on the odd fact that the floor was bereft of everything but the one item she needed. The saleswoman doesn't explain the situation, but she does refer to Marsha by her first name, even though they've never been introduced. After some more strained conversation, which includes the saleswoman asking Marsha if she's happy, the elevator opens again and Marsha quickly leaves the ninth floor. On the way down, Marsha notices that the gold thimble has a scratch on it. The elevator operator instructs her to take her dispute to the complaint department, third floor.
After meeting Miss White, a sales associate by the name of Armbruster has a meeting with his manager, Mr. Sloan. Armbruster explains that Marsha insists that she bought the thimble, not in the gift department, but on the ninth floor. Armbruster and Mr. Sloan then both try to spell out to Marsha that the store does not have a ninth floor. Even though she has no receipt, Marsha tries to continue the argument until she actually sees the saleswoman standing a few feet away. But her surprise turns to horror when somebody else picks her up and starts moving her, revealing the "woman" to be nothing more than a mannequin. She is taken to another office to rest, and she soon falls asleep. Around six o'clock, Armbruster tells Miss Keevers, a saleswoman, to go and wake her up since they'll be closing in thirty minutes, but Miss Keevers is swiftly forced to help another customer.
Marsha is forgotten about, and wakes up to find the department store closed and deserted. Slowly she begins to walk around the department floor, looking for the elevator and eventually finding it. She presses the buzzer but nothing happens. The door to the stairway is locked. Marsha frantically rushes around the department floor until she backs into a mannequin, knocking it over. To her astonishment, the mannequin is the elevator operator from earlier in the day. Abruptly, she starts to hear her name called out over and over again. It stops for a moment, then starts up again after a mannequin reaches out at her. Sobbing uncontrollably, she inadvertently backs into the freight elevator which has just opened. Marsha is once again taken to the ninth floor. The odd saleswoman is waiting for her. She takes Marsha out of the elevator and onto the ninth floor.
The floor is now populated with many of the store's mannequins, who quickly come to life. The saleswoman tries to get Marsha to concentrate and remember something. It works, as Marsha remembers that she too is a mannequin. It was her turn to leave for a month to live with the outsiders, but she forgot who she really was. Now it's the saleswoman's turn to leave for a month. While the other mannequins are escorting her to the elevator and saying their goodbyes, the elevator operator asks Marsha if she had fun. Marsha wistfully says yes, then slowly assumes the pose of a mannequin. The next day, Armbruster is rushing around the department store checking on saleswomen when he encounters a mannequin that looks just like that woman he was trying to help the day before. Armbruster pauses for a second, then shakes his head and moves on...
Marsha White in her normal and natural state. A wooden lady with a painted face who, one month out of the year, takes on the characteristics of someone as normal and as flesh and blood as you and I. But it makes you wonder, doesn't it? Just how normal are we? Just who are the people we nod our hellos to as we pass on the street? A rather good question to ask, particularly in the Twilight Zone.