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
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Joe Bassett ...
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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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11 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Regarding the relatively quick disappearance of Jim Hutton's Gart at the end of the film, Rod Serling explained in a lecture that without his fellow astronauts to anchor him to this world, he had no way of holding on. It furthered the idea that Rod Taylor's Forbes's denial kept him in the world longer, and having heard the story of Harrington's disappearance and seeing Forbes taken out, he had no way of denying the possibility. 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 »


Major William Gart: [after Forbes explained the story to Gart] Clegg?
Major William Gart: I don't know Ed Harrington.
Major William Gart: I've never heard of him before.
Major William Gart: I think he must be an illusion or something.
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: [eerily calm] Oh, I know he's not an illusion.
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: I know.
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: He's been yanked out of here.
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: He's been taken away.
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: He told me, remember?
Lieutenant Colonel Clegg Forbes: He told me maybe someone or something made a mistake.
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »


No Tricks
Music by Bruce Campbell
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Well done Rod and Rod.
23 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Astronaut Col. Clegg Forbes (Rod Taylor) visits his colleague Major William Gart (James Hutton) in hospital. They have recently returned from a mission in space with a third member- Major Ed Harrington, who no one remembers but Forbes! Especially chilling for Forbes as their spaceship X-20 went off the radar for twenty-four hours before they returned to earth.

One of the early episodes that set the standard. Interesting now as its a fantasy drama made at a time when space exploration was new. That is not to say that its dated as a mysterious sci-fi tale. The concept came from a Richard Matheson story called 'Disappearing Act' and this was the first of sixteen of his to be used for the Zone. In this case Rod Serling took the idea and created his own very different and absorbing teleplay. The three men are shown together briefly in flashback in a spirit of devil-may-care esprit de corps and in contrast as somewhat shaken by the weird goings-on in the main body of the story. Rod Taylor turns in perhaps his best performance-no Hitchcockian birds-no Morlocks- but instead something inexplicable and profoundly scary.

Just a thought. There's a William Gart in this, and a Gart Williams as main character in 'A Stop At Willoughby'.

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