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.
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
This episode takes place on April 14, 1961 and April 14, 1865. See more »
John Wilkes Booth was the most famous actor of his time. It is unlikely in the extreme that no one in the police station recognized him. See more »
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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A good score and an intriguing premise salvage this one!
Russell Johnson, who would later achieve a bit of notoriety as "The Professor" on "Gilligan's Island," stars as a man that finds himself in the hours prior to the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Trying to undo the historic event, Johnson's character finds himself on opposite sides of the law, with many that he meets thinking him a perfect candidate for an asylum.
The tight direction and the masterful score by Jerry Goldsmith elevate a rather routine episode to something a bit memorable.
Though it doesn't rank in the top 10 episodes from Rod Serling's long-running series, "Back There" is still an engaging half hour and a pleasant addition to the long list of time-traveling sagas, so prevalent in science fiction.
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