Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 26

Execution (1 Apr. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" Execution (original title)

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

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Mr. Caswell feigns surprise at the sight of the lighter, yet lighters were invented in approximately 1823. See more »

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Narrator: [Opening Narration] Commonplace - if somewhat grim - unsocial event known as a necktie party, the guest of dishonor a cowboy named Joe Caswell, just a moment away from a rope, a short dance several feet off the ground, and then the dark eternity of all evil men. Mr. Joe Caswell, who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow men, must have been out for a beer and missed out. Mr. Joe Caswell, in the last, quiet moment of a violent life.
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Worth watching if you have time
20 November 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Albert Salmi (who went back in time in series four,(Of Late I Think Of Cliffordville) and Russell Johnson (who went back in time in series two,Back There) each travel back in time to series one to make yet another TZ about (how did you guess?) time travel. Salmi plays Caswell,a wild west murderer about to hang for one of his crimes. Johnson plays Mannion, a scientist who unwittingly brings Caswell forward in time, literally from the instant of the execution. The two actors contrast well. Mannion is so urbane in his manner ,while Caswell is so uncouth. I liked the western being on TV by chance.

Good middle-ranking TZ.


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