This is an episode from the science fiction series X Minus One, which ran on NBC from 1955-1958. It is the story of a doll named Toto and a little girl named Cindy. The story is set in Washington D.C. where Cindy's father works as a government official at the Pentagon. On an afternoon shopping trip, Cindy and her mother discover Mr. Perigi's Toy Shop, and Cindy's mother is talked into taking home a doll named Toto. He walks, talks, laughs maniacally, and performs a little song about dolls taking over the earth--but none of this worries Cindy and her mom.
They get Toto home and right away there is a showdown between the family dog and the doll. One of my issues with this episode is the name of the family dog, "Mr Blister". Am I hearing that right? The name is distracting, but the family dog doesn't last too long with this doll in the house.
This episode was broadcast on June 5, 1955 and it is entertaining and memorable despite its essentially silly plot and Toto's laughing. Really, Toto does a lot of maniacal laughing in this episode.
"Perigi's Wonderful Dolls" had previously been presented on the series Dimension X on August 4, 1950. The story is the same but there are some differences in the script. I prefer the X-Minus One version, but the fight scene between the doll and the dog is better in the earlier version. Dimension X's Toto seems scarier at first, but his tinny voice loses any fright value long before the episode ends.
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