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"Star Trek" The City on the Edge of Forever (1967)

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Star Trek: Season 1: Episode 28 -- Accidentally overdosing on medication, a psychotic McCoy leaps through a time portal into the 1930s and somehow disrupts Earth's future so that the Federation and Starfleet do not exist.


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TV Series:
Original Air Date:
6 April 1967 (Season 1, Episode 28)
When a temporarily insane Dr. McCoy accidentally changes history and destroys his time, Kirk and Spock follow him to prevent the disaster, but the price to do so is high. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Arguably, the best episode of the original series See more (29 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

William Shatner ... Captain James T. Kirk

Leonard Nimoy ... Mr. Spock

Joan Collins ... Sister Edith Keeler

DeForest Kelley ... Dr. McCoy

James Doohan ... Scott

George Takei ... Sulu

Nichelle Nichols ... Uhura
John Harmon ... Rodent
Hal Baylor ... Policeman
David L. Ross ... Lt. Galloway
John Winston ... Lt. Kyle
Bart La Rue ... Guardian (voice) (as Bartell La Rue)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Blackburn ... Lt. Hadley (uncredited)
Noble 'Kid' Chissell ... Server (uncredited)
Carey Loftin ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey ... Lt. Leslie (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Joseph Pevney 
Writing credits
Harlan Ellison (written by)

Gene Roddenberry (created by)

Produced by
Gene L. Coon .... producer
Robert H. Justman .... associate producer
Gene Roddenberry .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
Gerald Perry Finnerman (director of photography) (as Jerry Finnerman)
Film Editing by
James Ballas  (as James D. Ballas)
Casting by
Joseph D'Agosta 
Art Direction by
Rolland M. Brooks 
Walter M. Jefferies 
Set Decoration by
Marvin March 
Costume Design by
William Ware Theiss  (as William Theiss)
Makeup Department
Virginia Darcy .... hair stylist
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup artist
Production Management
Herbert F. Solow .... executive in charge of production
Bernard A. Widin .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Peters .... assistant director
Art Department
Irving A. Feinberg .... property master
Sound Department
Carl Daniels .... sound mixer (as Carl W. Daniels)
Doug Grindstaff .... sound editor (as Douglas H. Grindstaff)
Special Effects by
James Rugg .... special effects (as Jim Rugg)
Visual Effects by
Melissa Berryann .... assistant to executive producer (remastered version)
Petri Blomqvist .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Chris DeCristo .... 2D supervisor (remastered version)
Doug Drexler .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Max Gabl .... matte painter (remastered version)
James Holt .... digital compositor (remastered version)
Jena Huynh .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Robert H. Justman .... technical consultant (remastered version)
Gary Kerr .... technical consultant (remastered version)
David LaFountaine .... visual effects executive producer (remastered version)
Denise Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Michael Okuda .... producer (remastered version)
Luis F. Pazos .... production assistant: visual effects (remastered version)
David Rossi .... producer (remastered version)
Wendy Ruiz .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
John Small .... systems support engineer (remastered version)
Chris Tezber .... visual effects coordinator (remastered version)
Brian Vogt .... lead lighting technical director (remastered version)
Craig Weiss .... director of visual effects: CBS Digital (remastered version)
Niel Wray .... visual effects supervisor (remastered version)
Darrell A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Howard A. Anderson .... visual effects (uncredited)
Toni Pace Carstensen .... visual effects producer (uncredited) (remastered version)
Bobby Bass .... stunt double: James Doohan (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... truck action (uncredited)
David Perna .... stunt double: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)
Mary Statler .... stunt double: Joan Collins (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George H. Merhoff .... gaffer
George Rader .... head grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Marge Makau .... wardrobe mistress (as Margaret Makau)
Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... post-production executive
Music Department
Alexander Courage .... conductor
Julian Davidson .... music coordinator
Wilbur Hatch .... music consultant
Jim Henrikson .... music editor
Other crew
D.C. Fontana .... script consultant
Edward K. Milkis .... assistant: producer
George Rutter .... script supervisor (as George A. Rutter)
Bill Blackburn .... stand-in: DeForest Kelley (uncredited)
Frank da Vinci .... stand-in: Leonard Nimoy (uncredited)
Jeannie Malone .... stand-in: female guest star (uncredited)
Eddie Paskey .... stand-in: William Shatner (uncredited)
Ron Veto .... archive film footage (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

50 min | Argentina:60 min
Color | Black and White (flashbacks)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:Atp | Canada:PG (video rating)

Did You Know?

Edith Keeler tells McCoy his blue uniform hardly looks like it's from the United States Navy. DeForest Kelley filmed naval training videos in real life.See more »
Factual errors: When Kirk saves Edith from falling down the stairs, Spock states that she could have died right there. But twice before Kirk and Spock discussed that fact that she died in a traffic accident.See more »
Capt. Kirk:[narrating] Captain's log, no stardate. For us, time does not exist. McCoy, back somewhere in the past, has effected a change in the course of time. All Earth history has been changed. There is no Starship Enterprise. We have only one chance. We have asked the Guardian to show us Earth's history again: Spock and I will go back into time ourselves and attempt to set right whatever it was that McCoy changed.See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Arguably, the best episode of the original series, 8 December 2013
Author: david-497-331474 from United Kingdom

I love this episode and although I have seen it countless times over the years, I never fail to be impressed by the quality of the story, the acting, even the appropriate music.

I think DeForrest Kelly in particular gives an outstanding performance, suffering from madness due to the accident with the hypo.

I think it's the ending that gets to me every time I watch it! It's the grim inevitability of the climax that is so powerful.

It's a shame that the story lines in more of the "Trek" episodes weren't of this high standard, maybe they wouldn't have canned it after only 3 seasons!

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