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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Episode complete credited cast:
Christian Horn
Evans Evans ...
Mary Lou
Doctor (as Ed Platt)
Miranda Jones ...
Martha Horn
Ken Drake ...
Robert McCord ...
Sheriff (as Robert L. McCord III)
Jennifer Bunker ...


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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Release Date:

7 April 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1847 and September 1961. See more »


During the gas station restaurant scene, Christian has about a four or five days growth of beard. When he returns to the wagon the growth is down to that of only about a day or so. See more »


[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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With great acting and writing, you don't need much else.
17 January 2009 | by (Lowell, MA) – See all my reviews

It's episodes like this that remind us that Rod Serling was able to produce terrific fantasy and science fiction without fantastically expensive special effects and elaborate sets. Just a poignant yet intriguing script and great acting by some of Hollywood's biggest stars (Cliff Robertson in this case).

That's all it took to produce this terrific time-travel story of the meeting of two eras, when Chris Horn (Cliff Robertson), a wagon master heading west in 1847 with his wife and desperately ill son, accidentally stumbles into the year 1961. Horn's initial shock at the changes wrought in America in over a hundred years, soon turns to a determination to use the medical advances of the 20th century to save his son's life, back in the 19th century.

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