The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 26

Execution (1 Apr. 1960)

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When a 20th-century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a 19th-century murderer - saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the two attempt to acclimatize him to his new surroundings.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Joe Caswell
Prof. Manion
Than Wyenn ...
Paul Johnson
George Mitchell ...
Old Man
Jon Lormer ...
Fay Roope ...
Richard Karlan ...


In the late 19th century, Joe Caswell is about to be hanged for murder, when he vanishes into thin air. He's been snatched by Prof. Manion's time machine and brought 80 years into the future. Caswell was selected at random and Manion can see the rope marks on his neck. Caswell is eager to see his new world but Manion wants to send him back. When Caswell runs off into the night, his new world proves to be too much for him. Justice is served in the end and a murderer hangs. Written by garykmcd

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1 April 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on November 14, 1880 and in 1960. See more »


Mr. Caswell acts surprised at Professor Manion's voice recording, though gramophones have been around since 1860. See more »


Prof. Manion: But some things don't change - ideas, concepts, things like right and wrong.
Joe Caswell: I know all about right and wrong. Once, there was a deputy sheriff in Dodge City, tried to beat the difference between them into my back with a wet rope. I know all about right and wrong.
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References The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

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He Had HIs Chances!
1 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is pretty well done. It's the whole business of the Frankenstein monster brought back. You can dress him up but you can't take him out. He is bad to the bone. Albert Salmi ends up rescued from the rope, but then stupidly kills the man who saved him. This leads to a series of events which he cannot handle. His efforts to blend in with the new culture get him assaulted and confused. When I first saw this I thought I had it all figured out; then Serling threw one more curve. This is a very entertaining example of the man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Done other times, it throws in a third party who should have stayed home.

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