The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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And When the Sky Was Opened 

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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Episode complete credited cast:
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes
Major William Gart (as James Hutton)
Colonel Ed Harrington
Maxine Cooper ...
Joe Bassett ...
Medical Officer


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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Release Date:

11 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Jim Hutton's TV debut. See more »


When Lt. Col. Forbes and Col. Harrington depart Maj. Gart's room, they both have their US Air Force uniform covers (caps). Col. Harrington's cap has "scrambled eggs" on the visor as it should, however, Lt. Col. Forbes' cap does not. This is an error- as *all* US Air Force officers the rank of Lt. Col. and above should have the "scrambled eggs" on their cap visors. This is current today, and was the policy in 1959, as well. See more »


Colonel Ed Harrington: [Feeling that he will disappear] It's all part of this feeling.
Colonel Ed Harrington: This feeling I shouldn't be here, that none of us should be here!
Colonel Ed Harrington: It's as if maybe that we shouldn't have come back from that flight at all.
Colonel Ed Harrington: Maybe somebody, something made a mistake.
Colonel Ed Harrington: It let us get through when we shouldn't have.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »


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And then there were three, two, one … none
14 May 2016 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

When you are supposed to die in an accident but somehow miraculous survive, death will come for you shortly after. You can't escape destiny. This simplistic but frighteningly effective premise forms the basis of the successful "Final Destination" franchise – five films and counting – but it shouldn't come too much as a surprise that a very similar premise already featured in the pioneer series "The Twilight Zone" nearly forty years earlier! This episode, which undeniably has one of the coolest sounding titles of all, can be summarized quite easily. Three astronauts turn up alive and in relatively good health after their spacecraft disappeared from the radars and crashed into the Mojave Desert, but Death soon erases its mistake by erasing the astronauts from existence. "And when the sky was opened" definitely isn't a favorite episode of mine. The plot may be original but also contains quite a number of holes and illogicalities. It's the first of no less than sixteen (!) episodes scripted by or inspired by a story of Richard Matheson; author of classic novels such as "I Am Legend" and "The Incredible Shrinking Man", as well as dozens of horror movie screenplays. Douglas Heyes's direction is unremarkable, but the three lead actors deliver good performances.

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