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
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Mr. Mulligan, a rather dour critic of his times, is shortly to discover the import of that old phrase, 'Out of the frying pan, into the fire' - said fire burning brightly at all times - in The Twilight Zone.
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This episode is just adorable, with the first scenes done sans sound with Buster Keaton being his amusing self. When a time-travel helmet takes him to a very noisy future, he falls in with two other comedic actors as he attempts to return home.
I won't claim this is Keaton at his best - there are some dumb moments, as when he gets locked in something, and there's not much to the story. But there are some wonderful gags, most notably a pants-changing gag that is as good as any classic Keaton, and shows the impeccably timing and physicality Keaton is known for.
Anyway, it's always nice to see Buster.
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