Sorry, just posted twice as I didn't see there was a dedicated group tfor this kind of thing. I've just joined this community for the specific purpose of requesting (no begging!) your help in tracking down two films, the titles of which have been driving me crazy for decades. I warn you, the info I have to go on is absolutely minimal as I have only the briefest of memory snippets to go on. But if anyone can help me with these head-scratchers it's you lot.
I saw both of these films on the TV way back in the mid-to-early 70s.
Okay, the first film in my non-remremembered double bill is probably a war movie and I seem to recall it as being in colour (but even that is not certain) It featured a scene in which a military aircrew are onboard a large plane (possibly a bomber though I can't even remember if it was a prop aircraft or jet propelled). There's a problem with the engine which I think was on fire. One airman volunteers to crawl out through a hatch and actually onto the wing to deal with the fire and he does so only to fall to his death. His crewmates are, understandably, horrifed. That's it! That's all I can remember I'm afraid.
The second film had a scene, possibly the climax, in which the heroes (a guy, a gal and at least one or two others) were watching on a TV monitor which showed a crazy-eyed villain with the look of a mad scientist about him (and maybe with a shock of white hair) who's hanging from the top of a tall building (something tells me it might have been the Big Ben Clocktower in London but I'm not sure) The villain delivers some kind of threat or manic speech. My memory suggests also that there was some kind of countdown going on and possibly the threat of a bomb but that's the full extent of my recollection.
Ten million points and my undying gratitude to anyone who can correctly put a name to either of those movies and release me from years of tearing out my hair!
Love the Twilight Zone! I saw the big screen 80's cinema outing before I saw the original Shatner episode and so was a bit disappointed when Bill's wing gremlin turned out to be a freak-faced teddy bear. I believe there's an ep of 'Third Rock From The Sun' where either Shatner or John Lithgow make reference to a gremlin-bothered airline flight...'The same thing happended to me!' the other shouts.
I'm also an owner of the complete Outer Limits box sets. Some think of it as poor cousin to the Zone but it still had its share of strong stories and i watched a lot of late night BBC repeats back in the day. Not seen the Zone 'The Invaders' ep, but have seen every one of the Roy Thinnes sixtis series of the same name. Quality sci-fi, if relentlessly formulaic.
Incidentally I knew about Stewart's wartime career having read 'Jimmy Stewart - Bomber Pilot.' He's probably my favourite 'old hollywood' actor and am dying to see a blu-ray release of 'Spirit of St Louis.'
I've always considered the original "The Outer Limits" to be the best of that type of TV. Less than 2 seasons, but with no money they created wonders that TZ rarely approached. Course, TZ was going in a simpler direction, and could achieve greatness there. The Invaders episode is only one of many - simple stories with twist endings that made young minds think for a change. Both of those shows had multiple attempted remakes that just didn't understand why the originals worked in the first place - and they died slow, painful deaths. Oh well. Rumor has it there's going to be a nuclear war tomorrow so some of us are stealing a prototype starship from the airfield tonight and taking our families far away to a planet with an atmosphere and even people just like us. It's the third planet from their sun, called Earth.
I liked Roy's show, too. But it was a rip off of The Fugitive and you got the same unsatisfying episode week after week until the show gets cancelled and you find out who the one armed man is. Still - there were only 5 channels of TV back then (and that's if you were real lucky)!
more: That was the cool thing about Jimmy Stewart - he really was that stand up guy you could rely on when the flack was thick enough to walk on.
' It's the third planet from their sun, called Earth.'
What a twist. Next you'll be telling me Commander Adams and Lt. will be aboard!
By the way, I couldn't see the concealed words on your 5 words thread.
or maybe it's left - I haven't used a mouse in years. Whatever you would use to highlight some text.