Twilight Zone: Season 4, Episode 10

No Time Like the Past (7 Mar. 1963)
"The Twilight Zone" No Time Like the Past (original title)

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A scientist attempts to use a time machine to prevent tragedies, both in world history and in his own past.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Paul Driscoll
Patricia Breslin ...
Abigail Sloan
Prof. Eliot
Robert Cornthwaite ...
John Zaremba ...
Horn Player
C. Lindsay Workman ...
Bartender (as Lindsay Workman)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Mrs. Chamberlain
Tudor Owen ...
Captain of Lusitania
James Yagi ...
Japanese Police Captain
Robert F. Simon ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Himself (archive footage)


A scientist attempts to use a time machine to prevent tragedies, both in world history and in his own past. Written by klantry

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7 March 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Originally intended to open with Paul Driscoll and his mentor Harvey having a political discussion, but was judged too boring before the final cut. See more »


Paul goes back to 1881 wearing a modern suit, and when he gets there he is dressed in the clothes of the day. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Incident on a July afternoon ,1881. A man named Driscoll who came and went and, in the process, learned a simple lesson, perhaps best said by a poet named Lathbury, who wrote, "Children of yesterday, heirs of tomorrow, what are you weaving? Labor and sorrow? Look to your looms again, faster and faster fly the great shuttles prepared by the Master. Life's in the loom, room for it - room!" Tonight's tale of clocks and calendars - in The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: Cradle of Darkness (2002) See more »


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Another Trip to Some Contrived Paradise
23 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

How many times has the Twilight Zone gone back to that town with the bandstand and those big wheeled bicycles, the picket fences and the candy stores. Apparently, modern technology has developed some sort of time travel device, and despite the immutability of time, sends people back. In this case a man is fed up with the way of the world. We have reverted to a cesspool. One country develops a nuke; then the other develops theirs; and bingo the world is blown into a million pieces. He decides to go on a mission to change things. First he goes to Hiroshima to warn them about the atom bomb, then he tries to assassinate Hitler (the gun misfires), and finally tries to talk the commander of the Lusitania into changing course. Because he sounds like a nut and has absolutely no authority, none of the people are willing to listen to him (and rightfully so). His disillusionment continues and he asks to be sent back to this bucolic utopia of the 1800's. In one scene he faces off against a banker who is spouting all his jingoistic malarky about planting the old American flag on every piece of land on the earth (stepping on the bodies of the heathens that inhabit these places). He meets a pretty young schoolteacher (of course) who finds his views intriguing. He is caught between a rock and a hard place because he has knowledge of the future but must do nothing to alter time. He hears of the shooting of President Garfield and can't do anything but wait for the inevitable. He finally comes to a point where he has to decide whether to act or not. There are so many holes in this thing and the man is so clueless at times, it begs the question whether he should have been allowed this freedom.

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