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"The Twilight Zone" A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (1961)

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The Twilight Zone: Season 2: Episode 23 -- In 1847 a western settler sets out to find medicine for his dying son - and stumbles into modern-day New Mexico.


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Original Air Date:
7 April 1961 (Season 2, Episode 23)
A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Cliff Robertson ... Christian Horn
John Crawford ... Joe
Evans Evans ... Mary Lou

Edward Platt ... Doctor (as Ed Platt)
Miranda Jones ... Martha Horn
Ken Drake ... Man
Robert McCord ... Sheriff (as Robert L. McCord III)
Jennifer Bunker ... Woman

John Astin ... Charlie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Rod Serling ... Narrator / Himself - Host (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Buzz Kulik 
Writing credits
Rod Serling (written by)

Rod Serling (created by)

Produced by
Buck Houghton .... producer
Original Music by
Fred Steiner 
Cinematography by
George T. Clemens (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Leon Barsha 
Art Direction by
Philip Barber  (as Phil Barber)
George W. Davis 
Set Decoration by
H. Web Arrowsmith 
Henry Grace 
Production Management
Ralph W. Nelson .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
E. Darrell Hallenbeck .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bill Edmondson .... sound
Franklin Milton .... sound
Editorial Department
Scott Lawson .... colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Fred Steiner .... conductor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

25 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Christian Horn, Jr. was born in 1839 and died in 1914.See more »
Anachronisms: This story is set in 1847, and Christian Horn is carrying a Trap Door Springfield Rifle made in 1884.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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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Ah, to have had penicillin in the old west..., 8 July 2008
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

A family traveling west in hopes of striking it rich in a mysterious paradise that they've heard about called California suffers more and more every day, until they can think of nothing but the heat and thirst and sickness that they deal with on a daily basis. Serling gives us a pretty obvious story where he imagines what would have happened if one of those people traveling west all those years ago were to have been able to experience modern convenience for just one afternoon during that torturous journey.

It's not the wildest stretch of the imagination as far as a story idea, but the entertainment is high and the performances are some of the best I've seen so far in the series. The couple in the diner hit the nail right on the head with their subdued reactions to the strange stranger's story, not sure to react with shock or to hide their surprise from someone who must be a little crazy.

There's a cute twist at the end and an interesting paradox that calls your attention of the episode thus far into question, the time travel is not presented as anything more than simply walking over a sand bank, and the 100-years-in-the-future theme is done again the following week, but this is an excellent example of how good the twilight zone can be.

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