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The Twilight Zone: I Shot an Arrow into the Air

After his spaceship crashes on a deserted asteroid, an astronaut begins to kill off his companions as a means of self preservation, only to get a shock from his real location.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x15
Production Number: 173-3626
Airdate: Friday January 15th, 1960



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8.5/10 (2 Votes cast)

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Guest Stars
Edward BinnsEdward Binns
As Col. Donlin
Recurring
Dewey MartinDewey Martin
As Corey
Harry BartellHarry Bartell
As Langford
Ted OtisTed Otis
As Pierson
Main Cast
Rod SerlingRod Serling
As Narrator/Host

Recap

The Arrow One disappears from the radar screen and crashes. Three of the eight astronauts survive. They believe they have crash landed on an asteroid. They only have five gallons of water between them. Corey intends to kill Pierson and Donlin for their water. Before Pierson dies he climbs to the top of a mountain, looks over it and draws a symbol in the sand. Corey pays no attention to the drawing and kills Donlin. He then climbs the mountain and sees what the symbol meant: telephone poles. They had been on Earth the whole time in the Nevada desert...

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Episode Notes
Filming location: Death Valley

Edward Binns returns in "The Long Morrow."



Episode Quotes
Opening Narration
Narrator:
Her name is the Arrow One. She represents four and a half years of planning, preparation and training, and a thousand years of science and mathematics and the projected dreams and hopes of not only a nation but a world. She is the first manned aircraft into space. And this is the countdown, the last five seconds before man shot an arrow into the air.

Closing Narration
Narrator:
Practical joke perpetrated by Mother Nature and a combination of improbable events. Practical joke wearing the trappings of nightmare, of terror, of desperation. Small human drama played out in…the Twilight Zone.



Cultural References
The title is taken from the first line of the Longfellow poem, The Arrow and the Song.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRod Serling
Executive ProducerRod Serling
ProducerBuck Houghton
EditorBill Mosher
CastingMillie Gusse (1)
Set DecoratorHenry Grace  |  Jerry Wunderlich
Director of PhotographyGeorge T. Clemens
Art DirectorGeorge W. Davis  |  William Ferrari
Production ManagerRalph Nelson
Sound EditorFranklin Milton  |  Jean Valentino
Main Title ThemeMarius Constant
Sound Effects EditorVan Allen James
 
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