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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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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Christian Horn, Jr. was born in 1839 and died in 1914. See more »

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When Horn is in the diner and is looking at the jukebox, Joe says to him 'That's a jukebox'. Why would Joe assume Horn had ever seen a jukebox before? He didn't know, nor never really new, that Horn had come from the past. See more »

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Narrator: The year is 1847, the place is the territory of New Mexico, the people are a tiny handful of men and women with a dream. Eleven months ago, they started out from Ohio and headed west. Someone told them about a place called California, about a warm sun and a blue sky, about rich land and fresh air, and at this moment, almost a year later, they've seen nothing but cold, heat, exhaustion, hunger, and sickness. This man's name is Christian Horn. He has a dying eight-year old son ...
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Hymn to American pioneers.
29 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The focus for the Zone this time is on a common and prevailing goodness in humanity rather than the usual foibles. 1840's pioneer Christian Horn (Cliff Robertson) refuses to accept despair and carries on while there is breath in his body. His little son is dying and he's got to find a cure-somehow! A cure not yet found in his time. Self determination is emphasized, as is looking outward and forward, no matter what the odds. An inspirational entry that rests nicely between TZs that deal with darker aspects of humanity.

The costume for Cliff Robertson helps him to cut an engagingly anachronistic figure in a story that suggests that optimism should never become an obsolete notion.


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