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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The background noises heard aboard the ship in the first scene were later reused in Star Trek (1966). They were previously heard in Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun (1960) and Twilight Zone: Elegy (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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A Hanged Man
25 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Albert Salmi plays old west outlaw Joe Caswell, who is about to be hanged for murder when he unexpectedly finds himself transported to the modern day room of a scientist(played by Russell Johnson) who has used time-travel to bring Caswell forward in time, not realizing just how murderous and savage he is, until it is too late... Salmi gives a most believable performance as an immoral man out for himself, and his reactions to the modern world are authentic and well-thought out. Unfortunately, the plot itself is filled with holes and contrivances, undermining him, but episode remains a passable if mediocre effort, falling short of its potential.


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