The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Hundred Yards Over the Rim 

A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.

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Christian Horn
John Crawford ...
Joe
Evans Evans ...
Mary Lou
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Doctor (as Ed Platt)
Miranda Jones ...
Martha Horn
Ken Drake ...
Man
Robert McCord ...
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Jennifer Bunker ...
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Charlie
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Christian Horn is member of an 1847 wagon train headed west. They are 1500 miles from St. Louis and are now in the New Mexico desert. Many in the wagon train are ready to turn back but Chris wants everyone to persevere. His son has had a fever for 11 days now and Chris goes off looking for water, only 100 yards or so from the others and suddenly finds himself in the present day. He can't quite bring himself to believe what he sees or where he is but those he meets believe he's a man from the past. The trip in time does have one positive outcome. Written by garykmcd

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7 April 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place in 1847 and September 1961. See more »

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This story is set in 1847, and Christian Horn is carrying a Trap Door Springfield Rifle made in 1884. See more »

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[closing narration]
Narrator: Mr. Christian Horn, one of the hardy breed of men who headed west during a time when there were no concrete highways or the solace of civilization. Mr. Christian Horn, and family and party, heading west, after a brief detour to The Twilight Zone.
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A wagon-train leader needs medicine for a child - but it won't be invented for another 100 years.
8 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The show takes a deliberate pace in setting up the characters, circumstances & especially, the POV from their era. To this viewer, when Horn leaves his family & crosses to the other side of the sandy rim, the sudden view of the high-power-line girder structure seems very unsettling & unreal, with no explanation for what it is (in B&W, it was even more so). And the road itself is dark and smooth. All the way out here ? Why ?

The odd twist takes a deadly turn when a tall wheeled noisy 'monster' comes racing down the road toward Horn, who just gets out of the way. But his rifle goes off, injuring an arm (Cinematographer George Clemens showed Horn's POV as seen from a very low angle on the road, lending Horn's 'monster' to be a real & threatening unknown).

Horn has no idea what this all means, but he pulls himself together, keeps going, handling his deep fear, and finds his answers.

Looking at something, someone or another era from a different point-of-view, does indeed open up many possible worlds of thought . .


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