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There’s some…THING on the wing! It’s the Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! I’m all for Twilight Zone images, so you’re going to see one forwarded on by a reader from the legendary Nightmare at 20,000 Feet episode featuring William Shatner as a mentally fragile man who sees a gremlin tearing apart the wing of the plane he’s on. But he’s the only one who sees it! Fantastic episode of a fantastic series… which reminds me, it’s high time for another Light & Shadow column… The pic itself isn’t revolutionary, but it’s an interesting glimpse behind the curtain at a pair of actors having fun on the set. Enjoy!

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Tomorrow’s pic’s ain’t so tough. -Quint Follow Me On Twitter

Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard
- Aliens
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- The Howling
- Revenge of the Creature
- The Empire Strikes Back (Vader & Luke Duel)
- The Godfather
- Rambo III
- Vertigo
- Planet of the Apes
- Pan’s Labyrinth
- Labyrinth
- RoboCop
- The Adventures of Robin Hood
- Marathon Man
- Young Frankenstein
- Viva Las Vegas
- The Empire Strikes Back (Han driving a snow cat)
- Rio Bravo
- Giant
- Back to the Future
- The Time Machine
- War of the Worlds (1953)
- Alien (Chestburster)
- On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- Dr. No
- The Twilight Zone
- Once Upon A Time In The West
- Lawrence of Arabia
- Star Trek: The Original Series
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke in Wampa Cave)
- Edward Scissorhands
- The Warriors
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Fantastic Mr. Fox
- Requiem for a Dream
- The Princess Bride
- Hard Boiled
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
- They Live
- The Empire Strikes Back (Tippet with Wampa)
- Dirty Harry
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Blade Runner
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (Periscope Ride)
- 1941
- The Godfather (Coppola & Brando)
- The Lady Eve
- 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
- Godzilla
- The Empire Strikes Back (Bald Vader)
- Mary Poppins
- Alien 3
- Total Recall
- The Pink Panther
- Fawlty Towers
- The Trouble With Harry
- Beetlejuice
- The Shining
- Thriller
- An American Werewolf In London
- The Gate
- The Fly (1958)
- Halloween
- Army of Darkness
- Frankenstein
- Seed of Chucky
- Psycho
- John Carpenter’s The Thing (Bottin)
- Creature From the Black Lagoon
- Friday the 13th (1980)
- A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984)
- Creepshow
- Night of the Living Dead (’68)
- Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man
- Silence of the Lambs- The Exorcist
- Alien (crouching alien)
- Alfred Hitchcock being awesome
- Son of Frankenstein
- The Mummy (1932)
- Re-Animator
- Nosferatu (1979)
- Nosferatu (1922)
- War of the Worlds
- Vincent (Tim Burton)
- Evil Dead II
- The Evil Dead
- The Shining (Kubrick Self Portrait)
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
- Casablanca
- Sahara (1943)
- Pumpkinhead
- Back to the Future
- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)

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  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST


    by SchwarzenGollum

    Shat will always be great. A man who is aware of himself.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:19 p.m. CST

    Jim Carrey nailed that phrase/scene on....

    by qweruiop

    ...Ace Venture: When Nature Calls when he imitated Shatner. Each time I see that scene, I laugh out loud.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST


    by GraceLFerguson

    Wow, Shatner even overacts in still photographs.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Best Third Rock From the Sun Joke Ever...

    by cookylamoo

    Shatner: On the way to earth I saw something on the wing of my ship.<br /> <br /> Lithgow: You too?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Best Third Rock From the Sun Joke Ever...

    by cookylamoo

    Shatner: On the way to Earth I saw something on the wing of my ship.<br /> <br /> Lithgow: You too?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:24 p.m. CST

    Shatner's Bassoon

    by scrote

    ...the remade episode for the movie was something else. Still freaks my gf out. Always stick it on right before a plane a treat...

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:25 p.m. CST

    I really gotta get back to watching my TZ box set

    by SoylentMean

    I was disappointed only in that it didn't have the option to watch all episodes on a disc. I wonder if they fixed that on the Blu-rays?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    60s chicks were so hot


    just watch stuff like Star Trek and Twilight Zone and compare them with their 80s counterparts and you'll see how smokin hot the babes were<p>

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST

    Shats looks bad ass in that pic


    then again he always did in the 60s the handsome mofo

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST

    remember Richard Donner directed this...


    i think donner mustve homaged this episode in Superman with that scene where lighting strikes the wing of AF1 and the pilot looks out to see superman on the wing ofthe plane<p> itd have been cool if theyd gotten Shatner in the G Miller remake as the plane captain or co pilot etc - like a cameo just at the end...maybe he was too busy filming one of the Sta Trek movies or TJ

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:37 p.m. CST

    Good God man...

    by strangewool

    Elizabeth Banks has aged really well.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Shatner Rules...

    by Dark Doom

    This was a great episode and scary too.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:58 p.m. CST

    Love this episode

    by TheUltimateMathTeacher

    I remember seeing this for the first time as a kid and getting freaked out at the man-iin-suit.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 6:59 p.m. CST

    Never forget...Shatner is a trained Shakesperian Actor

    by cookylamoo

    The guy took over Henry IV in Stratford for Christopher Plummer.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7 p.m. CST


    by ufoclub1977

    did some good acting in the couple of old twilight zones I've seen him in. He's cool. And funny now! How did those late night lawyer commercials happen?

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7:30 p.m. CST

    That episode freaked me out as a kid

    by lochkray

    Of course, Twilight Zone always did that. The episode with the kid who turns the guy into a jack-in-the-box is probably one of the most traumatic things I ever saw in my childhood. Still, when pre-Kirk opened the plane`s window shutter, and the gremlin had its face pasted to the glass....I needed my pampers all over again. Great episode.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7:33 p.m. CST

    Shatner Played Alexi Karamazov in the movie

    by cookylamoo

    One of the most Christ like figures in Literature.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Send you to the corn!!!

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7:53 p.m. CST

    One of the many highlights of classic TZ eps!

    by RogueDemonHunter

    I also loved Shat's other TZ ep with the fortune telling gadget at the diner. Great stuff!!!

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 7:59 p.m. CST

    How about the 80's version...

    by rangerspartan

    Was anyone else creeped out by the the John Lithgow version? That shit crushed me as a child.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 8:19 p.m. CST

    "How was your flight, sir?"

    by Darkman

    "Horrible. I looked out the window and there was...something...on the wing of the plane." <br> "Why, the same thing happened to me!" <br><br> That's up there with "This never happened to the other fella." in the annals of great in-jokes.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Love both versions

    by elsewhere

    but the Twilight Zone: The Movie version is WAY fucking creepier.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 8:33 p.m. CST

    so this episode was Kirk's breakthrough in his career?

    by KilliK

    or he was already establishing his name in HW? i remember seeing him in the Nuremberg Trial movie but i dont know which came first,the movie or this episode.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    Twilight Zone

    by Silverglade

    I thought this was gonna be about that damn thing on the wing in that Twilight Zone movie. It still haunts my dreams.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Shatner .....Whatta Stud!!!!

    by mr dark

    This guy must of had a blast in the 60's before sex got deadly.. You know the Shat had the motherfuckin moves down cold.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Shatner & Serling

    by Detached

    Shatner was a super-respected actor. He had been in a Playhouse 90 show with Rod Steiger, written by Serling, called "A Town Has Turned to Dust." The NY Times gave both Steiger & Shatner a great review. He was also phenomenal in Roger Corman's "The Intruder" in 1961 or thereabouts. Richard Matheson (who wrote "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet") is a big Shatner fan; he thought he did a great job in that episode...

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Yes the Intruder is Shatners best...but

    by mr dark

    Those two twilight episodes were exceptional...Also a Shatner must see is the Incubus in glorious artificial language of "Esperanto".. Shatner really can do it all..

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Loved the Lithgow version

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Especially that brilliant, scratchy fiddle music by Jerry Goldsmith that goads Lithgow to open the window shade. Always makes me tense up.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Quint, Twlight Blu Rocks!

    by puto tenax

    Thanks for the advice. Saved the cash for the blu and glad I did. Love the commentaries, like the one from Martin Landau. Great picture. Looking forward to the next Light and Shadow.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    there's a man out there!

    by mr teaspoon

    Fantastic episode. LOVE the look on Shat's face in the instant he realizes the pilot is patronizing him.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST

    Love the...

    by WeylandYutani

    Aircraft cabin's plywood floor. TV Awesomeness.

  • Nov. 9, 2010, 11:31 p.m. CST

    The Shat is saying in this pic

    by Phategod2

    "wanna step out on the wing for a nooner?"

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST

    his name was Robert

    by Wyndam Earle

    Wilson...his name was Robert Wilson...his name was Robert Wilson

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 12:42 a.m. CST

    Third Rock

    by dukeroberts

    Yes, one of the funniest moments (to me) in TV history is the shared experience of Shat and Lithgow seeing something on the wing of the plane. I think of the Big Giant Head's arrival on Earth quite often, just last week as a matter of fact.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    is this an episode of shit my dad says?

    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:02 a.m. CST

    You got to love that episode in 3RD ROCK FROM THE SUN

    by AsimovLives

    When The Big Head finally arrives on Earth and he's played by William Shatner. He's talking with solomon, who's played by John lothgow, and they then discuss a weird happening that happened to solomon when he was once in a airplane and saw some strange thing in the wings. The big Head replies: "yeah, i know what you mean, it also happened to me". It was hysterical.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:36 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    Good to see some love for ON HER MAGESTY'S SECRET SERVICE.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:57 a.m. CST

    I think i mixed up who said what

    by AsimovLives

    Long time haven't seen that episode. I do still remember how much i laughed.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:50 a.m. CST


    by V. von Doom

    Oops, sorry, wrong movie.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST


    by durhay

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:54 a.m. CST

    My fave Shatner/Lithgow joke.....

    by daglesj the one where Lithgow's character is trying to look younger and is caught wearing a corset pulling him in. Lithgow says with all the dignity he can muster. "'s...the Shatner!"

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:11 a.m. CST

    The Shat is such an awesome Shakespearian actor...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...He can literally summon up buckets of sweat from within through sheer willpower alone and make it pour out of his body by the gallons, sweat droplets flying bullet-like off of his forehead like a character in an old Graham Engels-drawn EC precode horror comic, like he did in this episode of Twilight Zone.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    Those old-style, restricting skirts are so damn sexy.

    by Royston Lodge

    Yes, I'm a bit of a perv. So sue me.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:21 a.m. CST

    Those old-style, restricting skirts are so damn sexy.

    by Royston Lodge

    Yes, I'm a bit of a perv. So sue me.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST

    You just KNOW Shat hit that.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    C'mon...he's the Shat!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 9:14 a.m. CST

    Gotta love the shat

    by Madmarek

    That old TZ episode and Boston Legal prove how good an actor Shatner can be when he wants to be. Plus Wrath of Khan and Undiscovered Country are his greatest Kirk moments. Nuff said!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    HarryKnowlesNonExistentInception Review

    by AsimovLives

    Sweating on cue? Wow, what an actor! i'm not kidding, how can actors can boast that?

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    CARTMANEZ, so true

    by Sonny_Williams

    Actresses in the 60s were still allowed to have an actual womanly figure, no size zeroes back then. Real tits and ass, and not afraid to show it in butt-hugging dresses and pants. And I agree that the Shat more than likely tapped her shapely ass right there in his dressing room. He HAD to be a huge horndog and why not, no AIDS or herpes to worry about, at worst a dose of the clap!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    Don't Shat On The Shat

    by AsimovLives

    Shat's the man. The only Kirk, accept no substitutes.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:38 a.m. CST

    That poor woman looks like she's under attack

    by SithMenace

    And the camera flash interrupted.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:02 a.m. CST

    favourite shatner performances

    by ragingfluff

    twilight zone episode the intruder sole survivor

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:06 a.m. CST

    They say that cat Shat is a bad mutherfucker

    by mr dark

    I'm just talkin bout Shat..

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:08 a.m. CST

    No no, what the Shat is really saying to the Stew:

    by Damned if I can login

    "C'mon outside with me, I wanna get something straight between us."

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:30 a.m. CST

    Shat's two Thriller episodes...

    by carlotta_valdes

    ...are absolute treasures as well. If you love "Nightmare at..." and "Nick of Time", check out "The Hungry Glass" and "The Grim Reaper" both from the first season of Thriller, and two of the best episodes. He was a REAL actor pre-Kirk, and don't get me wrong...I loVe the 'canned ham' that was Kirk. 'The Intruder' written by Charles Beaumont of Twilight Zone fame is another good one, Shat as a white supremacist...good stuff.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    Shatner = Great Captain Kirk

    by cushing1967

    also equals a fucking awful actor.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Stalkeye

    ..also equals a horrid singer.Ever heard that Mr. Tangeringe song? BUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! Fucking (unintentional ) comedic Gold.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 3:02 p.m. CST

    The Shat banged that chick!

    by ericthebeef

    Damn Right!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:02 p.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    I wouldn't even call that singing. It was as if he was dictating. But aparently, his latest album, called HAS BEEN, is pretty good. And as Kirk he ws never a bad actor, though in the 3rd season he did sometimes got a bit "too enthusiastic". But the geekry makes it a far more big deal then it truly is.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST

    'HAS BEEN' Isn't just pretty good.

    by Sigourneys_Beaver

    It's great. I will cry when he dies, no doubt about that.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST


    by MrMysteryGuest

    Imagine Kevin Pollak doing Shatner saying THAT line!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:17 p.m. CST

    "There's some THING...on the nacelle of my...STARship!!!"

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    The truth is...

    by Detached

    ... Shatner really is a superb actor. Not only in TZ, The Intruder and tons of other stuff, but some of his Denny Crane performances really were outstanding. He BIG TIME deserved those Emmys.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:21 p.m. CST

    yep, Shat bagged her.

    by smudgewhat

    it was brief, but meaningful.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:22 p.m. CST

    also, Shatner is in the 2 best Twilight Zones

    by smudgewhat

    except for the one about the woman driving the car who's dead but doesn't know it. that one is the best.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:37 p.m. CST

    For the early 1960's, that is one skinny-ass chick...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... Too bad she has a tranny-face, though.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Shatner's so good he's bad, so bad he's good

    by Nem_Wan

    He's a star. He doesn't vanish into a character, he turns the character into a new dimension of Shatner. You can't predict what he's going to do and you can't explain what he did. People can say if they like it or not but I don't think it can be objectively criticized. If you're never sure what he's trying to do you can't say if he failed or not!

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:41 p.m. CST

    Royston, you are a prev, but that's... okay

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    She probably had 10 lbs of girdles under that skirt that the males of the day would have to fight through, though. It was the 50's-60's version of birth control, I think. Seriously that was probably why they invented the jaws of life, to cut through all that spandex. They only found out later that it could also cut through wrecked cars.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 7:48 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...the only trouble he had was cutting through the jungle-thick forest of New York pizza slice-sized bush all the honeys were rocking back then. We all owe the nation of Brazil and its body wax industry a debt of supreme gratitude.

  • Nov. 10, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton


  • Nov. 10, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I think Shatner even...

    by Roketopunch

    farts in an iambic pentameter.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    he has been and always shall be

    by frank cotton

    my hero.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    he has been and always shall be

    by frank cotton

    my hero.

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 2:15 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton

    has got to be one of the top ten greatest films of all time

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 3:23 a.m. CST

    sorry 'bout the double post

    by frank cotton

  • Nov. 11, 2010, 6:37 a.m. CST

    I'm sorry sir, printer cartridges aren't allowed on board

    by tangcameo

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    one of the many things I would use a time machine for

    by The_Crimson_King

    is take a small modern digital camera back to the 50's/60's when women wore those great skirts and stalkings garter belts underneath and snap as many up skirt photos as I could! I'd be unstoppable!

  • Nov. 15, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    Been there, done that

    by orcus

    All someone has to do is mention time travel and POOF! there is Orcus