Monday, December 24, 2012

THE TWILIGHT ZONE / Nightmare At 20,000 Feet - 1963

It's Xmas Eve 2012 Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We've done so many posts (over 1500 now!) that it's hard to come up with something special for any occassion, but, we should all agree that you can't go wrong with Rod Serling and the Shat! And, Richard (THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN) Matheson is the writer.

This is one guy you enjoy being lectured by! Rod was a boxer and all around angry guy, his ultimate problem was peaking too early in his career.

Eegah!! sent over a spooky lil' soundclip for our cabin pressure, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there in the atomic mirror, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our eariffic earclip for... Nightmare At 20,000 Feet!

This is Bob Wilson and his wife, Julia. He has just been discharged from a sanitarium where he spent the last six months recovering from a nervous breakdown, on an evening not dissimilar to this one, on an airliner like the one in which he's now flying home in! Half a year ago, his flight was terminated by the onslaught of his mental breakdown, and, tonight, Mr. Wilson happens to be in the darkest corner of the Twilight Zone...

As Bob gazes out his window on the rainy night, he sees something walking around on the wing of the airplane!.. A freakin' gremlin!! In a panic, he pages the stewardess!

The stewardess ends up bringing him a cup of water to take his medication with!

Later, he has the curtain closed to help him relax, but, he cannot help himself, he has to open the curtain to satisfy his nagging curiousity!

This time the plane's Flight Engineer, Ed (EARTH vs THE SPIDER) Kemmer, gets involved but sees nothing on the wing. Bob's starting to feel all alone in Weirdsville!

His angst mounts, so, he carefully grabs the revolver out of the napping Air Marshall's holster and goes back to his seat...

As the mischievous gremlin comes closer, Bob opens the emergency exit and is nearly sucked out while he empties all six rounds into the thing! Wounded, it falls off the wing. Nick ( the Devil's desciple in THE STORY OF MANKIND) Cravat plays the gremlin.

... 'Nuf said?!

Bob's taken out on a stretcher again, but, this time... He's not crazy!


Ivan said...

Thanks for this: great stuff!

This episode also taught me an important life lesson: There's ALWAYS a gremlin on the wing of the plane!

Happy Holidays, & Merry New Year!
PS: Y'all rule, and can't wait to see what you're up to in 2013!

TABONGA! said...

Ivan - Thanks mucho, we try, we have many mind-blowing posts planned for all our pals in 2013 to be sure! So, fasten yer seat belts - Merry Xmas Everbloody from the Dungeon gang!!

occhio sulle espressioni said...

About Twilight Zone: you remember an episode in which a man enters in a house, he finds the picture frame with photos, then the persons represented in the photos come out like ghosts?
I connect to the Twilight Zone, but maybe not...



Exeter said...

What a great episode of TZ!
Thanks for the review!

Southwest Manuscripters said...

I don't suppose any of you realized that the flight officer that comes up behind him is none other than Ed Kemmer, who, if you remember, was Commander Buzz Corey on the early TV S.F. show Space Patrol and the writer was Richard Matheson, an S.F. writer with credentials...
Here you have Buzz Corey and Capt. Kirk in one scene together, making this shot symbolic of the original TV S.F. meeting the new.
Also the creature is played by Nick Cravat, who worked with Burt Lancaster in many films like "The Crimson Pirate."

Monster Music

Monster Music
AAARRGGHHH!!!! Ya'll Come On Back Now, Y'Hear??