The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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King Nine Will Not Return 

A pilot of a downed WW II bomber comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.


Buzz Kulik


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Cummings ... Capt. James Embry (as Bob Cummings)
Gene Lyons ... Psychiatrist
Paul Lambert ... Doctor
Jenna McMahon Jenna McMahon ... Nurse


The pilot of a downed B-25, Capt. James Embry, awakens in the desert, with no memory of how he got there. More worrisome; his crew's nowhere to be found. He begins to wonder if he's hallucinating, especially after he sees one of his men, sitting in the cockpit. When he awakens in hospital, he thinks it might've all been a dream, but wonders; did any of this really happen? Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

30 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1943 and 1960. See more »


Military personnel stationed in desert climates would not be wearing dark uniforms but a light khaki tan. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] This is Africa, 1943. War spits out its violence overhead, and the sandy graveyard swallows it up. Her name is King Nine, B-25, medium bomber, Twelfth Air Force. On a hot, still morning, she took off from Tunisia to bomb the southern tip of Italy. An errant piece of flak tore a hole in the wing tank and, like a wounded bird, this is where she landed, not to return on this day, or any other day.
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Referenced in Sole Survivor (1970) See more »

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The name of Bob Cummings' character may be an in-joke.
13 February 2007 | by gordon-125See all my reviews

Dear All,

"King Nine Will Not Return" is one of the very best episodes of "The Twilight Zone." The lead is "Captain James Embry," played by Bob Cummings. Captain Embry is a U.S.A.A.F. aircraft commander who wakes up in his B-25, "King Nine," which has crashed somewhere in a desert. He cannot remember how he came to be there; neither, despite searching for them frantically, can he find his crew.

When this episode was filmed, one of the best flight academies in the country was the "Embry-Riddle School of Aviation."

For its commander, King Nine's post-crash status is certainly an "Embry riddle"!


Gordon F. Corbett

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