The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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The Arrival 

Federal aviation investigator Grant Sheckly must deal with a mystery when a plane lands at an airport without pilots, passengers or luggage.


Boris Sagal


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Harold J. Stone ... Grant Sheckly
Fredd Wayne Fredd Wayne ... Paul Malloy
Noah Keen ... Airline Executive Bengston (as Noah Keene)
Robert Karnes ... Robbins
Bing Russell ... George Cousins
Jim Boles Jim Boles ... Dispatcher


A commercial airliner makes a normal landing at an airport and taxis to its normal stop. The only problem is that when the doors are opened, there are no passengers and no pilots. An experienced FAA investigator, Grant Sheckly. is assigned to the case. Sheckly has a good reputation and good track record at solving crashes but this case is a difficult one explain. It all begins to get clearer when he realizes that not everyone is seeing exactly the same thing. For some the seats are blue, others see brown and others see red. They all see different registration numbers on the aircraft. Sheckly can only come to one conclusion: what they are seeing is an illusion. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

22 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The exterior shots and hangar scenes were filmed at Santa Monica Airport in California. All other scenes were filmed on an MGM sound stage. See more »


After Sheckly's grand delusion ends with the disappearing men and plane in the hangar, he then runs to Bengston's office to confront him about what happened. Bengston recognizes him professionally but Paul Malloy does not. It is never explained how Scheckly knows Malloy from the delusion having never met him in real life. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Picture of a man with an Achilles' heel, a mystery that landed in his life and then turned into a heavy weight dragged across the years to ultimately take the form of an illusion. Now, that's the clinical answer that they put on the tag as they take him away. But if you choose to think that the explanation has to do with an airborne Flying Dutchman, a ghost ship on a fog-enshrouded night on a flight that never ends, then you're doing your business in an old stand - in The ...
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Referenced in Atop the Fourth Wall: Twilight Zone #9 (2011) See more »

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Great mystery
3 July 2018 | by knicksjrSee all my reviews

I love the mystery of the movie and his perfection to always solve a case

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