Twilight Zone: Season 5, Episode 3

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (11 Oct. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (original title)

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A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

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Bob Wilson is on a flight when he sees a creature of some sort out on the wing of the aircraft. He's only recently recovered from a nervous breakdown and isn't sure that what he is seeing is real. Every time someone else looks out the window, the creature hides from view. When the creature begins to tamper with one of the engines he begs him wife to tell the pilots to keep an eye on the engines. If they see nothing, he agrees to commit himself to an asylum when they arrive at their destination. His paranoia drives him to a desperate act. Written by garykmcd

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Richard Matheson originally wanted Patricia Breslin to play Bob Wilson's wife, because she had played a similar role very well in Twilight Zone: Nick of Time (1960). See more »

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Rain water can be seen trickling strait down Bob's window. In flight the rain water would be blown strait back. At the speed these old planes flew you would only see tiny trickles of water, even in very heavy rainstorms. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer... though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer, for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone.
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Shattner goes paranoid on an airplane!
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a TV classic!! I believe it will survive way into the future because it encapsulates so many aspects of sixties American culture. Shattner chews the scenery in the way he made famous on 'Star Trek.' An interesting note, now known only to us rapidly ageing early TV Sci-fi fans, is that Ed Kemmer played Commander Buzz Cory on 'Space Patrol.' Space Patrol was the top TV Sci-fi show of a generation earlier than Star Trek. Buzz Cory was the Captain James T. Kirk of an earlier generation. That show had the best production values of the top three in the early fifties. (The other two were 'Tom Corbett, Space Cadet," and 'Captain Video.'


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