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Today’s Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day is a madhouse! A MADHOUSE!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Rod Serling was well known as the creator and host of TV supernatural with The Twilight Zone and Night Gallery. For sci-fi fans he’s also well known as the writer of the first Planet of the Apes film, but I get the impression that outside of Apes fans most entertainment fans aren’t aware of that fact. Well, let’s fix that, damn it! Here’s concret visual evidence of Serling’s involvement in Planet of the Apes! He looks to be hanging about with Kim Hunter’s Zira in this super fun shot. Hope you guys enjoy the pic (click for the bigger version)!

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. You don’t want to make tomorrow’s pic angry! -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)
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- The Gate
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- 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
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- Pumpkinhead
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- Inception
- MacBeth (1948)
- Superman
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- The Public Enemy
- Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
- Barbarella
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- Empire of the Sun
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- Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
- Star Trek: The Motion Picture
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- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Dr. No
- Forbidden Planet
- The Empire Strikes Back (Irvin Kershner tribute)
- The Phantom of the Paradise

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  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST


    by MyNameisSimon

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:53 p.m. CST

    I had no idea.

    by MyNameisSimon

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Damn Dirty!!

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Wonder what Serling would have thought of.....

    by Drunken Busboy

    M. Night Shamlam. And what he would have thought of Tim Burton's remake! Poor bastard is probably spinning in his grave faster than a metal lathe! :(

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Picture if you will...

    by Horned One

    ...a planet of apes.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 8:59 p.m. CST

    Johnny Depp will be in the new Apes movie

    by Snookeroo

    Primates of the Caribbean

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:03 p.m. CST

    Ang Lee...Or Lou Leterrier Tomorrow?

    by Cheif Brody

    My bet is on Ang. God forbid it's Lou Ferrigno! <p> This is a nice shot, Quint. The moment Serling first got "jungle fever".

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:21 p.m. CST

    What a tweest! I did not know that!

    by Yotz Von Frelnik

    Now the PotA feels like a big-screen movie-length TZ episode. It all makes sense.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Such a shame

    by bigpale

    That one of the genre's best talents will be forever remembered as a TV show host, and not a brilliant writer/producer.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Learned Something New

    by stillsberry

    Appreciate the post today. I never knew this fact about Rod Serling. Now the ending feels like a Twilight Zone twist!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Bill Bixby for tomorrow?

    by alienindisguise


  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    You cut up his BRAIN you bloody BABBOONS...!!!

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:40 p.m. CST


    by Stuntcock Mike

    Second one but who cares.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Fuck you Tim Burton!

    by Nerd Rage

    You took all of the social commentary out of a sci-fi classic and made it a stupid action movie. What the fuck were you thinking, asshole?

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:42 p.m. CST

    Ever look at Rod's IMDB page? Absolutely fucking stagerring.

    by Stuntcock Mike

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 9:57 p.m. CST

    "Submitted for your approval..."

    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    Cool staute of Paul Williams!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    Crossing the line between poor taste and terrible

    by tiggr009

    Would a Planet of the Apes porn spoof be too friggin' creepy to watch? It'd be like a David Attenborough special outtakes video!

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    Very nice. Very, very, very nice.

    by SithMenace

    One of my favorite all time movies and Rod Serling is one of my favorite all time writers. Not a bad tv personality also.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Most people don't even realize he wrote those Twilight Zone epis

    by Dreamwriter

    I didn't know until just a couple years ago

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    Don't blame Tim Burton

    by pushthebuttonmax

    He came into the project at the last minute. That was not his movie at all.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    Ladies and gentlemen, Wayne Newton!

    by ROBRAM89

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST

    I hate every ape I see

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    From Chimpan-A to Chimpan-Z.

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    "You lead me around ON A LEASH!"

    by Subtitles_Off

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST

    "Beware the Beast Man,

    by Subtitles_Off

    for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him. Drive him back into the jungle, for he is the harbinger of death."

  • Dec. 1, 2010, 11:10 p.m. CST

    "What will he find out there, Doctor?"

    by Subtitles_Off

    "His destiny."

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:19 a.m. CST


    by frank cotton


  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST


    by Half-Baked-Goggle-Box-Do-Gooder

    Actually, I HAVE seen a PotA porno. <p>It was unintentional. A faulty play head on a rented vcr at a bachelor's party caused everything to look normal from the top of the screen to about about five inches down, and everything from about six inches down to the bottom of the screen to look normal, but everything in that inch of screen between the two areas had a wild, jagged >>>>>>>>-effect on the image. Caused absolutely terrifying FX during money shots. But damned if it didn't look PotA. Weird.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:36 a.m. CST

    "Get your stinkin paws off me"

    by disfigurehead

    "You damn dirty ape"

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:26 a.m. CST

    One of my favourite set of films

    by damned-dirty-ape

    Hence the name. Serling was no doubt a genius.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:24 a.m. CST


    by IMC1965

    "Would an ape make a doll that talks?". Love that. Film great. Serling great. Heston great.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:35 a.m. CST

    Kim Hunter

    by buggerbugger

    The first ape I ever wanted to fuck. <br> <br> Yeah, there have been others since, but Kim was my first lust.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    Quint where the rest of the Twilight Zone reviews?

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    it's been like 3 months since we had any, why did you just stop, I thought they were well received?

  • I see that the Tim Burton hating sheep are out today... The film he did wasn't as good as the original, but it had some reasonable scenes and characters (only the apes), as well as some dross. Sure, it was Apes-lite and a bit weak with the story, but not the worst of the Apes films (Battle gets that medal). As said before, Burton came in this as a last minute replacement. Anyway, Burton's film isn't great, is a bit disappointing compared to the original, but is watchable. Oh, and the one who wanted Cameron and Arnold Schwarzenegger involved in an Apes film: heh, that WOULD have been terrible.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:18 a.m. CST

    And more importantly...

    by Qew

    Oh, I forgot, that is sure a great picture.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:02 a.m. CST

    File this under...

    by Master Bruce

    zoology gone The Twilight Zone.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:06 a.m. CST

    He can talk (he can talk) (he can talk)

    by Megaforce

    I can SING!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:13 a.m. CST

    He looks like Bond-era Sean Connery in that pic...

    by Snake Foreskin

    And that's hilarious to contemplate. Imagine Rod Serling as James Bond. Imagine him delivering the iconic, "Bond. James Bond" line...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 8:24 a.m. CST

    Would an ape make a doll that talks?

    by BizarroJerry

    That line always bothered me. Why wouldn't they make a talking human doll? I mean, how many talking animal dolls are made by humans?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:06 a.m. CST

    Thanks, Snookeroo!

    by Sonny_Williams

    Now I have coffee all over my screen!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Re: The talking doll

    by Redhead_Redemption

    even as a kid I was like "um yeah Humans make animal dolls that talk all the time" <P>The only explanation I can think of is that it's not so much that it's a human that doll that talks, but the fact that it's a doll that talks. nothing in the ape culture suggested they could be capable of voice recording equipment which means that the talking doll proves a more advanced society exhisted before the apes became dominant

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    That may be....

    by whatever1964

    the only picture I've ever seen of Serling without a cigarette in his hand...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST


    by Damned if I can login

    Damn dude, ya beat me to it. I was gonna say *exactly* the same cig.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:13 p.m. CST

    Def. one of the cooler BTS choices

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Serling is indeed a god in the geek pantheon.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:16 p.m. CST

    Oh, my god, I was wrong...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...It was Earth all along.<P> You finally made a monkey...<P> Ape:<P> Yes we finally made a monkey...<P> Troy and Apes:<P> Yes, you finally made a monkey out of me!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST

    The problem with Tim's Pota...

    by Rameses

    is that it had nothing to say and made the dreadful mistake of having talking humans, which made it feel more like a remake of the tv series or Battle for the planet , than Serlings classic.Without humanity reduced to animals, all the allegory and horror of the situation goes out the window.Plus the make up in Burtons effort was dissapointing.I love Rick Bakers work , but I was expecting Greystoke level realism.Apart from Tim Roth's Thade most of the make ups were poor , especially from the side view , where it was obvious baker had angled the prosphetics to use the actors real lower lip.They all looked like chinless wonders.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST

    The statue of Liberty on the beach ending ...

    by Rameses

    was thought up by Blake Edwards {of the pink panther films}Rather than Serling.Edwards was going to direct it at one point!Assuming there was going to be more humour at that time.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    An old college buddy drops in on Doctor Zaius?

    by Royston Lodge

    That's what this pic looks like to me. ;-)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Re: The problem with Tim's Pota...

    by Qew

    @Rameses Agree about the talking humans, which did weaken things (then again, the humans didn't really have much to say ;) ). Mind you, the argument was that the apes weren't yet as evolved as the ones in the original, and the humans weren't as devolved as the corresponding species in the original, either. They were meant to be in some halfway house position. Also, apes are chinless, so Baker was being consistent (and they were evolving to a more humanoid look, so being like the Greystoke ones would be inappropriate). The message was weak, but there was one buried in there about cruelty, hubris and tolerance. Sure, it's not as thought-provoking or as politically strong as the original, but I still found it enjoyable on its own limited basis. Still, the original is a great film (far superior to Burton's) and it's good to see another behind-the-scenes from the original series of films.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Blake Edwards? I've seen a couple of docs on

    by skimn

    the making of Apes, and I don't recall seeing Edwards attached to it at any time, or his involvement in the ending.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:21 p.m. CST

    Title for POTA porn? Easy.

    by skimn

    Damn Dirty Apes

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:53 p.m. CST

    Great film and pure Serling...

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    Unfortunately, the rest of the series kind-of went to hell in a hand basket...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    BTW, when you're getting on a bus

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    in the shit-berg that is Norwalk Connecticut, and the neanderthal-looking driver grabs your arm as you walk past and squeezes the Christ out of it because he doesn't think you paid the full fare, even though you did, is NOT the best time to scream, "TAKE you filthy HANDS off me, you DAMN DIRTY APE"!!!!!!!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    Wait, POTA porn title?

    by WriteForTheEdit

    The Planet of the Rapes.<P><P><P>What, too un-PC?

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:06 p.m. CST

    Or, Planet of the Gapes

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Or, Slam It In The Apes.<P>Slow day at work...

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 2:36 p.m. CST

    I have said it before and I will say it again

    by Ingeld

    how could Taylor, an astronaut, have never looked up to the see the night sky with its familiar stars, planets and moon? He knew before the ending. He was just trying to be dramatic for the camera.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:20 p.m. CST

    Re: I have said it before and I will say it again

    by Qew

    @Ingeld The writers sort of solved that issue by having the night sky completely cloud covered. They mention this when they're walking in search for food and water, before they come into contact with the apes, etc.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST


    by Ingeld

    There were no sunny days in all of POAs? Well, isn't that convenient.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:43 p.m. CST

    Slam It In The Apes

    by Snookeroo

    Jeezus, I laffed so hard it hurts. That is a classic.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Slam In In The Apes

    by tiggr009

    That is pure GOLD.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:21 p.m. CST

    Slam It In The Apes

    by Megaforce

    Genius, made me laugh hard!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Damn i love this movie

    by AsimovLives

    I love it, i love it, i love it! I LOOOVE IT!! And the Jerry Goldsmith score is pure genious!

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:39 p.m. CST


    by Rameses

    I can't for the life of me remember where I read that.But it was such an odd and unexpected bit of trivia that its stayed with me for years.I seem to remember that he came up with the idea whilst in a cafe or such place. I agree it wasn't in any of the Docus and seems bizarre but it's apparently true.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    by Qew

    @Ingeld Cloudy nights, not days. The days were conveniently sunny. ;) But seriously, the astronauts do comment about the night sky being conveniently cloudy, so the writers have already filled in your plot hole... well, mostly. ;)

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST


    by Rameses

    When I said the apes were chinless ..I should really have said lower Muzzle-less.Chimps orangs and gorillas really do have profiles that stick out entirely differently to the Baker make up.Their appearance in Tim's POTA had less to do with evolution and more with Bakers wish that they could bare their teeth.To that end he reworked a variation that seems to now be his trademark of angling the make up so that it leaves the actors real lower lip and chin showing. You can see it in his beauty and the beast , m Jackson were cat creature and the Grinch.It looked fine for those make -ups but just didn't work in this remake.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 5:04 p.m. CST


    by Qew

    I still think that that can be argued to be some evolutionary thing and isn't that big a deal. They say in the DVD extras (the one where they refer to the make-up), that the apes are evolving more towards a humanoid look, with different apes with varying percentages of a humanoid look. Sure, it can be a rationalisation after the fact, but I don't mind the make-up, despite some flaws. It worked fine enough (the original was far from perfect, but we allow for some suspension of disbelief) and allowed greater expressions and emotions via the mouth, etc.

  • Yeah, not tough to see Rod Serling's hand in that.

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    A couple of points about the original film...

    by Rameses

    It's interesting that Taylor never questions the fact that the apes speak English {i know in the book its based on , he has to learn their language}.Taylor writes in English and all the apes understand it , but their writing seems to consist of Hyroglyphs {most obviously on Ursus/Urkos hat}I can't remember if they ever show the apes write in actual English.All the leather that the apes wear {most obviously the gorillas} is it derived from human skin..You see humans hung up after the hunt in a simular way to animals about to be skinned.That adds an element of horror , that would have really shook Taylor.The apes appear to have photography {from the * smile* scene , but you never ever see any other evidence of it in the film Dr zaius office or the museum etc

  • Dec. 2, 2010, 7:05 p.m. CST

    Re: A couple of points about the original film...

    by Qew

    @Rameses I think in Beneath, you can see what appears to be a photograph of two apes in Cornelius and Zira's house. It's on a cabinet or small table in a picture frame. I don't think it's a painting. I remember noting that it was there, but didn't take a close look. ...Just checked on my DVD of Beneath, and in the 24th minute (PAL), on a cabinet with some scrolls in it, you can see a black-and-white photo of Zira and Cornelius holding something white or light coloured. Not sure what they're holding, though. It's certainly a photo, though. So, yeah, there is evidence of photography other than the "smile" scene in the original film.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 6:50 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    There was a core of a good idea behind the remake of the PLANET OF THE APES. And it stayed that way. The make up effects were excelent, though.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 6:54 a.m. CST

    The Burton remake also did one thing right

    by AsimovLives

    The chimps are the assholes of the apes and primates family. They are by far the most agressive of all the apes. In that the remake was more accurate in it's portait then the former movies which treated them as saintly and pacific beast.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    I'm suprised that people are suprised to know...

    by AsimovLives

    .. that Rob Sterling had an hand in the PLANET OF THE APES movie. his name shows up in the screenplay credits at the opening of the film. I thought it was common knowledge, vox populi as they call it.

  • Dec. 3, 2010, 8:19 a.m. CST


    by Rameses

    I,ve never noticed a photo in Beneath.Mostly because I've only watched the film a couple of timesat best.{The original is one of my favourie films of all time}Thanks for that info.I'll check it out