During an outbreak of a contagious disease in 1976, two scientists are sent back in time to 1871, when a Chicago doctor apparently had the cure for it.

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Sam Groom ...
Dr. Clint Earnshaw
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Jeff Adams
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Dr. Helen Sanders
Booth Colman ...
Dr. Amos Cummings
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Dr. Joshua Henderson (1871)
Trish Stewart ...
Jane Henderson (1871)
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Dr. Stafford
Patrick Culliton ...
Jim Younger (1871)
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Sharkey (1871)
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Pegleg (1871)
Gil Lamb ...
Hansom Cabby (1871)
Ed Ness ...
Joe - Hospital Attendant (1871)
Kathleen Bracken ...
Katherine - Irish girl (1871)
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Police Sergeant
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Betty (as Victoria Meyerink)
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In 1976, there's an outbreak of a disease that no one has seen before. All what they know is that resembles a disease that existed at around 1871 in Chicago, and that a Dr. Henderson was able to save most of his patients but the Chicago Fire destroyed his records. Dr. Earnshaw the doctor looking for a cure was approached by a man, Jeffrey Adams, who believes that he could help him. It seems that a Dr. Amos Cummings has perfected the art of time travel, and the plan is for Earnshaw and Adams to go back to 1871 and learn how Henderson cured his patients. But a glitch in the machine's computers sends them the day before the fire not four days as intended. And when they meet Henderson, he says he doesn't know how his patients survive. So they go throw his papers and analyze what he uses to treat them to find out. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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The outdoor set of 1871 Chicago was actually the circa-1890 New York street set built for "Hello, Dolly!" (1969). See more »

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Patrick Culliton's character is referred to as "Clarence Younger" throughout the movie, but credited as "Jim Younger" See more »

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Edited from In Old Chicago (1937) See more »

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1 August 2016 | by (England) – See all my reviews

It's a crying shame "Time Travelers" never went to series 'cause it was definitely promising. There is something about this TV movie (failed pilot) that just doesn't seem typical. It's not the characters 'cause they are fairly paper thin and featureless. It's not the plot 'cause it's as run of the mill as they come. I think it's the urgency of the pace. There is none of that typical televisual stiltedness defined by people standing around rooms talking in long, overlong scenes. "Time Travelers" moves quickly, deftly directed by Alexander Singer from a clichéd but still touching and intriguing script by Jackson Gillis apparently inspired by a story by Rod Serling. I can't help but think how great this film would have been had Serling himself written the teleplay with that usual righteous ferociousness of his. I think it would have gone down in history as one of the best thrillers on television. As it stands is an entertaining and very moving and pacy thriller with some great music by television's Morricone, Morton Stevens and a lot of fun to be had along the way.


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