The Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 5

Cradle of Darkness (2 Oct. 2002)

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A woman goes back in time to the birth of Hitler and attempts to interfere so that World War II never happens.



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Episode credited cast:
Nancy Sivak ...
Chief Customs Inspector
Liduina Vanderspek ...
Inspector's Wife
Mentally-Ill Woman
Ian Marsh ...
Police Officer
Mark Burgess ...
Daniel Barrett
Darren Caulder
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A woman goes back in time to the birth of Hitler and attempts to interfere so that World War II never happens.

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2 October 2002 (Canada)  »

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Alois Hitler tells Andrea that he and his wife Klara lost their first three children. They were Gustav Hitler (1885-1887), Ida Hitler (1886-1888) and Otto Hitler (1887-1887). They all died of diphtheria. See more »


As Andrea is crossing over to Adolf Hitler's crib, you can see the baby waving its arms about. But when the camera cuts to the baby, it's asleep lying perfectly still. See more »


References The Twilight Zone: No Time Like the Past (1963) See more »

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Only God has the right to take a life
22 November 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Sent back in time in a futurist time machine to April 1889 in the little town of Branuau on the Austrian German border Andrea Collins, Katherine Heigi, is determined to prevent a future world holocaust from happening. That's by her preventing a new born baby Adolph Hitler from reaching adulthood. Getting a job as a maid in the Alois Hitler, James Remar, household Andrea's job was to look after baby Hitler and when one one's around and the time presents itself suffocate him in his crib and thus change the course of history.

As we and Andrea see this isn't an easy task in that baby Hitler seems to have luck as well as history on his side. It's Hitler's mother Klara, Nancy Slvak, who put a luck charm by her new born son's crib, a key, that seems to have supernatural powers that prevents any harm from happening to him. Also Andrea's maternal instincts kicks in with Baby Hitler who just couldn't stop crying who takes a child-like affection towards her far more then to his mother Klara as well as nursemaid or nanny Kristina, Jillian Fargey, miking it very difficult for her to kill him. In that Andrea see Hitler , as a newborn child, not being the monster that he eventually turned out to be.

****SPOILERS**** Determined to kill Hitler as well as sacrificing herself, to prevent any guilt feelings on her part, in doing it Andrea slips out of the Hitler household with baby Hitler and together jumps to his and her death off a bridge over the river Inn. As history was to prove that didn't prevent the horrors of WWII from happening even with Hitler no longer around. In fact what Andrea did was set those events into motion by playing right into, without her knowing it, the events that lead to to the horrors that she so desperately tried to prevent.

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