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.
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
Mr. Caswell feigns surprise at the sight of the lighter, yet lighters were invented in approximately 1823. See more »
[speaking into a Dictaphone]
At 8:15 the subject appeared desperately tired, so I put him to bed. After two hours, I've discovered the following: His name is Joseph Caswell. He tells me he was a trail boss on a cattle ranch in the territory of Montana. His last moment of recollection was November 14th, 1880. He says he was riding herd when suddenly he blacked out. He awoke to find himself on the cot of my laboratory. He felt no sensations, and only in the last few moments did he seem to have any...
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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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