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: [Closing Narration] This is November 1880, the aftermath of a necktie party. The victim's name - Paul Johnson, a minor-league criminal and the taker of another human life. No comment on his death save this: justice can span years. Retribution is not subject to a calendar. Tonight's case in point in The Twilight Zone.
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King Kong, TZ Style
1 July 2006 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Time machine transports outlaw Albert Salmi from 1880's hangman's rope to 1960's New York City.

Time travel was of course a series staple, only here it's explored with more humor and insight than most. Two elements stand out for me. Salmi's portrayal of the crudely inarticulate cowboy is stunningly realistic from archaic speech patterns to crackling voice quality to squinty-eyed stare, all of which suggest a hard life on the trail. I doubt any of the many cowboy shows of the time produced quite this level of authenticity. There's also the unexpectedly funny details of transporting a "19th century primitive" into a "20th century urban jungle", as the script puts it. The barroom scene with Salmi and a flummoxed Manhattan bartender is as comically inventive as any in the series. Having the cowboy react frantically to the intolerable noise level of the city is both grimly humorous and tells us a lot about a hundred years of "progress". Too bad the episode is marred by a highly implausible struggle between a scrawny Than Wyenn and the burly Salmi, for which the director should take the blame-- what was he thinking. Anyway, it's a very entertaining and revealing half-hour with the usual TZ dollop of irony thrown in.


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