The Twilight Zone

And When the Sky Was Opened

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 12/11/59
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  • Episode Description
  • Three astronauts have returned from this first space flight. Major Gart is hospitalized with a broken leg. The other two, Colonels Harrington and Forbes head for a bar. Harrington gets a strange feeling…

  • Cast & Crew
  • Paul Bryar


  • Rod Taylor

    Col. Clegg Forbes

  • Jim Hutton

    Major William Gart

  • Sue Randall

    The Nurse

  • Charles Aidman

    Col. Ed Harrington

  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • Where'd He Go?! Where's Herrington?

    By tea62, Mar 13, 2014

  • my favorite TZ!

    By OmarCayenne, Sep 24, 2011

  • It raises more questions than answers, but there's nothing wrong with that.

    By jamoon2006, Jul 31, 2008

  • One of the best episodes written by Rod Serling.

    By calicow, Jul 20, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (3)

    • (Opening Narration) Narrator: Her name: X-20. Her type: an experimental interceptor. Recent history: a crash landing in the Mojave Desert after a thirty-one hour flight nine hundred miles into space. Incidental data: the ship, with the men who flew her, disappeared from the radar screen for twenty-four hours. But the shrouds that cover mysteries are not always made out of a tarpaulin, as this man will soon find out on the other side of a hospital door.

    • Forbes: Oh, I know he's not an illusion. I know. He's been yanked out of here. He's been taken away. He told me maybe... he told me maybe... maybe somebody or something made a mistake. Let us get through when we shouldn't have gotten through. They've got to come back to get us. Somebody up there. Aw, Bill... this is weird, just plain weird. Like I just don't belong. Just like I... I don't belong. Aw no. Aw no!!! I don't want this to happen! Bill, I don't want it to happen! I don't want it to happen! I don't want it to happen!

    • (Closing Narration) Narrator: 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.

    Notes (1)

    • This episode is based on the short story "Disappearing Act" by Richard Matheson. The story was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction (March, 1953).

    Trivia (1)

    • Following Col. Forbes' flashback in the major's room, the colonel looks into the mirror and sees he is not there, only you can still see his arm in the mirror

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