In 1890, janitor Woodrow Mulligan uses his employers' invention to transport himself to the future. He imagines an Eden but finds a polluted, busy world that he doesn't find at all attractive. He meets Rollo who is also disgusted with the world he lives imagining life in the 1890s as idyllic. When Woodrow goes back to his own time Rollo goes with him but he is soon bored without any of the conveniences of modern life. Written by
The old-fashioned clothes wringer that Buster Keaton is using to wash his pants in the beginning is the same kind of wringer that crushed his right forefinger when he was 3 years old. A curious little boy, he got his finger caught in the rollers and a doctor had to amputate it at the first knuckle. In this short, he gets the same finger caught in the wringer for laughs. See more »
Buster Keaton who was born in 1895 and certainly has childhood memories of what we called The Gay Nineties, stars in this Twilight Zone salute to that era. Movies were just invented and they spoke in the language of pantomime and when we meet Buster he's a scientist of sorts working on some Rube Goldberg like contraption, a time traveling helmet.
By God the thing works though and he's soon in 1961 where he runs into another scientist played by Stanley Adams who kind of attaches himself to Keaton as they figure out a way to repair his helmet and take him back from whence he came.
It's not a great Twilight Zone episode, but it certainly displays Buster Keaton's amazing talents and it shows why he was one of the great comedy stars of the silent screen. Later on when movies began to talk and Keaton had that wonderful monotone sonorous voice that went right into his persona so well. But then Keaton was just a character player albeit a good one.
Fans of the great stone face will like this Twilight Zone story.
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