Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 11

And When the Sky Was Opened (11 Dec. 1959)
"The Twilight Zone" And When the Sky Was Opened (original title)

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Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship, but during the flight into space the ship disappears from radar, then reappears. On ... See full summary »

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Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
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Three U.S. astronauts blast off from Earth on an initial test flight in an experimental rocket-ship, but during the flight into space the ship disappears from radar, then reappears. On return, the rocket-ship is hangared and put under a tarp, pending an investigation. One crewman is hospitalized for a leg broken on landing, and is visited by the other two. Next the pair go for a drink, and then one crewman phones his parents from a bar phone-booth - but they say they have no son! The astronaut immediately disappears, and no one in the bar remembers him, except the other astronaut in the bar, the Captain. Written by David Stevens

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Jim Hutton made an uncredited cameo in 1963's Sunday in New York starring Rod Taylor. See more »

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In Rod Serling's opening narration, we are told that the 'X-20 is an experimental Air Force interceptor that has been 900 miles into space'. That altitude is far beyond the capability of fighter jets; even if the X-20 *did* attain that high of an altitude, the aircraft and its crew would be exposed to the radiation of the Van Allen belts. By comparison, the space shuttle typically operates at altitudes between approximately 180-240 miles. To be fair, in 1959 this was not well understood yet. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Once upon a time, there was a man named Harrington, a man named Forbes, a man named Gart. They used to exist, but don't any longer. Someone - or something- took them somewhere. At least they are no longer a part of the memory of man. And as to the X-20 supposed to be housed here in this hangar, this, too, does not exist. And if any of you have any questions concerning an aircraft and three men who flew her, speak softly of them - and only in - The Twilight Zone.
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Rod Taylor, Jim Hutton, and Charles Aidman play three astronauts returning from a seemingly successful space mission who become alarmed one by one when first Aidman disappears, knowing full well that it was about to happen. Taylor then panics, but can't convince anyone of the disappearance, since he has been collectively forgotten, a fate that may well befall him as well, while Hutton lies in a hospital bed trying to make sense of it all, but not wanting to believe until it is too late... Frightening premise is perfectly put across in well acted, directed, and scripted tale, which makes full use of the inexplicable events occurring, and the inevitable outcome is all the more chilling.


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