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
Police Sergeant
John Lasell ...
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 ...


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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1.33 : 1
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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 »


[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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We Know It Won't Work!
14 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Time travel into the past is tenuous at best as a topic. In this episode a man who has been thinking about the possibility, finds himself at the date and location of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. He tries everything he can think of in the short time available to him with predictable results. Of course, he is thought to be quite mad. He is arrested and eventually remanded to the very man he is attempting to stop. Serling was bright enough to let him return to the present, but is the present the same? This is kind of a precursor to "The Time Tunnel" where time travelers on a weekly basis were given the same task, overcoming what had already happened. Unfortunately, the implications of the distortion of time and the future always negate the result. Unless you have something like Ray Bradbury's "The Sound of Thunder."

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