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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 -- A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.
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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A Twilight Zone episode with its signature juxtaposition of unassuming people unwittingly caught between the past and the present See more (17 total) »


 (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)

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This episode takes place in 1847 and September 1961.See more »
Anachronisms: Christian Horn and his family are on a wagon train headed for the New Mexico Territory in 1847. The New Mexico Territory was established in 1850, on land that Mexico ceded to the United States in 1848.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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24 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A Twilight Zone episode with its signature juxtaposition of unassuming people unwittingly caught between the past and the present, 10 March 2007
Author: Richard Rothenberg from United States

This is a beautiful story, both rugged and gentle at one and the same time. Mr. Christian Horn suddenly emerges from his minimalist wagon train tended by a handful of hardy but weary and increasingly doubting companions. With women and children in tow, the troupe trudged toward the pre-Gold Rush California of 1847, en route from Ohio for the better part of a year, but still stifled by the vastness of the plains and deserts of the United States' western territories as they stood at the time. Also, burdened by hunger, his boy's critical pneumonia-like illness, and with water resources in remission, Mr. Horn, brilliantly portrayed by the highly studious Cliff Robertson who thoroughly researched his character's essence before the shoot, advises that he'll check out the sandy rim nearby for whatever glimpse of hope it may yield on the other side.

An early spot by the great John Astin (soon to become famous as Gomez Addams from "The Addams Family"), playing Charlie, one of Mr. Horn's compatriots, briefly reveals Astin's abilities as a serious character actor as he expresses reserved support for Mr. Horn's dogged persistence. As suggested by this episode's title, upon reaching the other side of the rim, Mr. Horn immediately, but unknowingly enters The Twilight Zone. With wits and courage backed by a quiet, wary intelligence, he begins to understand that which cannot often be grasped through one's ordinary perceptive mechanisms.

In another twist of characterizations, Ed Platt, best remembered for his rare (but long-running) comedic role as Maxwell Smart's (Don Adams) beleaguered, beloved Chief in "Get Smart" beginning four years later, plays his more typical character role here. He portrays the local doc who tries to assist a friendly café owner and his nurturing wife with the unexpected handful of a tattered man who arrives unceremoniously, and bewildered, on their doorstep. How that happened and what follows is unexpected, heartening, and ultimately fascinating in ways that typify "The Twilight Zone" at its best.

And it would be an error of omission not mention the power of the musical score, sometimes subtle, but pounding dramatically toward the climax, just before shifting musical gears once again, precisely on cue. The compositional phrasing provides an effective musical conduit through which the story-line best evokes its emotive content before transitioning back to a perfectly executed return to the introductory setting--except for it having now been duly altered by the Zone of zones.

This classic episode is among those that reveal Rod Serling's singular capacity to employ visionary dimension to his stories from either side of time's turbulent tunnel.

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