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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15 December 1961 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1890 and 1962. See more »


[opening narration]
Narrator: 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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Please remember him by 'The Goat' and 'One Week'.
4 January 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Buster Keaton was a truly great, inventive comedian. The visual gag at the climax of 'One Week' with the train was fantastic. Unfortunately he had very little success after making some of the greatest silent movies.

He was never likely to recapture that greatness running about in his underwear, and in his old age, sporting a wretchedly silly time-travel enabling hat (but then again I don't know what an operational time machine should look like). Not a good script, and I lost count of how many times the line 'Don't touch my tools' was repeated. Zany support acting doesn't help. Keaton was funniest in his heyday in scenes with a girl or on his own.

There was a little bit of light, silly appeal for me in this. Some novelty value, but that's about all.

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