A man is sent back in time to December 6, 1941 and tries to warn people about the upcoming Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.





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Episode complete credited cast:
Peter Jenson
Dr. Gillespie
Ensign Janoski
Mrs. Janoski
Army Doctor
Mr. Gibbons
Man at Bar (as Joe De Rita)
Bartender at Andy's


A man is sent back in time to December 6, 1941 and tries to warn people about the upcoming Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Written by GusF

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24 November 1958 (USA)  »

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This is the original hour-long pilot for The Twilight Zone (1959). See more »


On December 6, 1941, Hannify claims that Dwight D. Eisenhower was a lieutenant colonel and a member of the General Staff in Washington, D.C.. However, he was promoted to brigadier general on October 3, 1941 and was not appointed to the General Staff until after the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. See more »


Peter Jenson: [When the Japanese start to attack] I told you! I told you!
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Spin-off The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Trapped in time & space
24 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** What was a precursor to the highly successful "Twilight Zone" the "Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse" broadcast of "Time Element" is about a man lost in time who's on the verge of having an total emotional breakdown. It's when bartender Peter Jenson, William Bendix, stepped in Dr. Gillespie's office, no not the guy from the Dr. Kildare TV show and movies, played by Martin Balsam the story he told him made the good doctor feel that the man needs immediate psychiatric help. Insisting that everything he says is true Jenson come up with this story of him waking up in an Honolulu Hawaii hotel on December 6, 1941 the day before the Japs bombed Pearl Harbor. This all happens on a sunny day in L.A in October 1958 17 years after that historic event took place!

As Jenson recounts his dream he explains that he's been having it every night for the last week and it's the end that disturbs him most. He doesn't remembers if he survived the attack or not! Obvious he did or else he wouldn't be her in the future in 1958 but he can't remember a thing what he did for the last 17 years leading up to it! Told to lie down on the couch by Dr. Gillespie and be put into a deep trance Jenson not only falls asleep but disappears into thin air!

Feeling that he needs to see a psychiatrist like himself Dr. Gillespie goes down to the local bar to have a few belts, drinks, to settle his nerves after what he just went through with the disappearing Peter Jenson. It's then to his complete surprise he sees that everything that Jenson told him was absolutely true! Even to the fact that Jenson was a bartender himself at the time of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor like he told him that he was now in the year 1958; 17 years after he together with 2,400 other American servicemen and civilians were killed in the surprise Japanese sneak attack back then!

This episode was expected to so shocked the audience watching it that it was decided to have Desie Arnez himself come on after it was over to explain, in him having a lot of ex'plain'in to do, what exactly happened in it. It wasn't until TV series like "The Twilight Zone" and "One Step Beyond" came on TV a year later stories like this one about the supernatural with surprise endings were almost unknown on TV which left those watching it back in 1958 both shocked and confused.

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