“The Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling had simply accomplished his fifth and ultimate season of the collection in 1964 when he signed on to adapt Jack Finney’s bestseller “Assault on a Queen.” Serling was, in fact, greater than a spinner of spooky tales. He’d received three consecutive Primetime Emmys within the Fifties for writing the tv dramas “Patterns,” “Requiem for a Heavyweight,” and “The Comic,” and was now a Hollywood free agent.
On the floor, Serling appeared like an terrible lot of author for a goofy heist yarn a couple of group of high-seas bandits who commandeer a German U-boat to steal $1 million in money from the RMS Queen Mary. However the convoluted setup had stymied earlier scenarists, so Sinatra turned to one of the vital extremely regarded scribes within the enterprise.
Serling gamely accepted the problem, telling reporters who visited the movie’s set that “Nobody had been capable of ‘lick’ the Jack Finney guide.” As for Serling’s emotions about his tackle the fabric, he deferred to the Chairman. ”It had been tried a number of methods,” he stated. “However I made a decision to make it a straight journey movie and it appears to have labored out fairly properly. No less than, Sinatra tells me he is pleased with it.”
What did critics and moviegoers assume?