Twilight Zone: Season 2, Episode 13

Back There (13 Jan. 1961)
"The Twilight Zone" Back There (original title)

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At a prominent club in Washington, D.C., a socialite argues about whether it would be possible to change history by traveling back in time. When he leaves the club he finds himself in 1865, on the night that President Lincoln will be shot.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Pete Corrigan
Paul Hartman ...
Police Sergeant
Bartlett Robinson ...
John Lasell ...
Jonathan Wellington / John Wilkes Booth
Jimmy Lydon ...
Patrolman (as James Lydon)
Raymond Greenleaf ...
John Eldredge ...
James Gavin ...
Jean Inness ...
Mrs. Landers
Lew Brown ...
Carol Eve Rossen ...
Lieutenant's Girl (as Carol Rossen)
Nora Marlowe ...
Pat O'Malley ...


After debating with a member of his Washington club whether you could go back in time and change major events, Pete Corrigan seems to go back to April 15, 1864 the night Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. He tries his best to warn the authorities of what will happen in a few hours time but it all falls on deaf ears. One person seems interested in what he has to say, but that person may have his own reasons for his behavior. Written by garykmcd

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13 January 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place on April 14, 1961 and April 14, 1865. See more »


On 14 April 1865, Clara Harris refers to Major Henry Rathbone as her husband. He was her fiancĂ© at the time; they were married in 1867. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: Witness a theoretical argument, Washington, D.C., the present. Four intelligent men talking about an improbable thing like going back in time. A friendly debate revolving around a simple issue: could a human being change what has happened before? Interesting and theoretical, because who ever heard of a man going back in time? Before tonight, that is, because this is - The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Memphis (2003) See more »

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Cant help liking these 'not-on-my-watch' time travels..
17 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Corrigan (Russell Johnson) is a wealthy man in an exclusive club in Washington. The subject of time travel comes up, and before you can say 'not-on-my-watch' he finds himself in 1865, the night of President Lincoln's assassination.

As you know from so many film and TV dramas the course of time travel interfering with assassinations never did run smooth. There's a twist at the end as well as a halfway twist. An enjoyable Zone but the production is slight. One of two time-travel tales with Russell Johnson (Execution, series one), both good.

Serling returned to the subject of historical assassinations in 'No Time Like The Present' (series three) where a time traveler contemplates preventing the shooting of President James Garfield, on finding himself in 1881. In series five Serling reacted to the killing of John F Kennedy with 'I Am The Night Colour Me Black'.

Before this was made there was an episode of 'One Step Beyond' where Lincoln dreams of his death very shortly before it happened. More or less true according to the writing of a bodyguard and legal partner of Lincoln, Ward Hill Lamon.

There was a film directed by Anthony Mann in 1951, 'The Tall Target' in which Dick Powell played a police detective called JOHN KENNEDY trying to stop a plot to kill Lincoln at the time of his inauguration in 1861.

In 1990 there came an interesting but little known film concerning trying to stop Kennedy's murder by time travel called 'Running Against Time'.

The final series of 'Quantum Leap' had a two-part story about taking over Lee Harvey Oswald's body to try to change events.

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