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
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 »
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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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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