The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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Once Upon a Time 

Janitor Woodrow Mulligan gets a trip from 1890 to 1962 courtesy of his employer's time helmet.



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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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

15 December 1961 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Leslie Goodwins was uncredited for writing the fix-it shop episode more than a month after production of the episode had ended and the bulk of the photography was finished. He came down to do the pick ups. See more »


Woodrow Mulligan: [chasing a boy on skates, riding a bike] JUVENILE DELINQUENT!
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References The Garage (1920) See more »

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Those blissful 90s
15 November 2013 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

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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