In the late fall of 1961, Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling was a guest on Bob Crane’s popular Los Angeles radio show. Crane, who would go on to television stardom on Hogan’s Heroes, begins the discussion about the famous Twilight Zone episode, The Shelter (original air date September 29, 1961) in a serious manner. By the second clip (below), however, his more familiar sense of humor surfaces.
It is interesting to hear Serling’s thoughts on what was then a very controversial subject—the ethical dilemma of private fallout shelters. Indeed, at the outset of the interview, Serling, who wrote the episode, reveals to Crane that within two days of the broadcast, the network had received 1,300 letters and cards.
The entire episode of The Shelter can be viewed on the CBS video site for free.
In 1970 Crane, who was infamously murdered in 1978, guest starred on an episode of Serling’s Night Gallery series…