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Alamo Jobe 

During the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836, 15-year-old messenger Jobe H. Farnum is about to be killed. He is transported forward in time to San Antonio in 1985. The 1980s prove to be too much for Jobe to handle.


Michael D. Moore (as Michael Moore)


Steven Spielberg (developer), Joshua Brand (developer) | 4 more credits »

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Episode complete credited cast:
Kelly Reno ... Jobe H. Farnum / Boy in 1985
William Boyett ... Colonel William Travis
Lurene Tuttle ... Harriet Wendse
Richard Young ... Davy Crockett
Robert V. Barron ... Curator
Michael Cavanaugh ... John Lefferts - Storekeeper
Benji Gregory ... Sam (as Benjie Gregory)
Dick Yarmy Dick Yarmy ... VCR / Man #2
Pattie Pierce Pattie Pierce ... Tour Guide
Charles Lucia ... Dad (as Chip Lucia)


During the Battle of the Alamo, just before he's killed, historical Colonel Travis orders a dedicated fifteen-year-old volunteer, Alamo Jobe, to take an urgent message to general John Lefferts. However, there's no way out and Jobe is about to be killed. That's when he notices a pair of late 20th century tourists walking around like nothing's happening. Dumbfounded, he follows them end ends up in modern day Alamo museum. No one realizes that he's from the past and he doesn't understand what just happened to him. Not knowing what else to do, he tries to deliver the message anyway. After many misunderstandings and dangerous situations, he begins to somewhat realize that he's in the future, but all he wants is to complete his mission somehow and go back to his dying friends to accept his tragic destiny.

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20 October 1985 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place on March 6, 1836 and in 1985. See more »


The flintlock muskets - historically accurate for 1836 - don't have a fiery discharge from the pan, necessary to ignite the powder charge in the barrel, probably for filming-safety reasons. See more »


Features The Alamo (1960) See more »

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The Alamo: Then And Now
30 August 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Kelly Reno, the kid star of "The Black Stallion," finds himself in a really puzzling predicament. One minute he's helping Davy Crockett and the boys defend the Alamo and the next minute he's zoomed ahead in time to modern-day San Antonio. Then - in a unique twist on a "time travel story" - we discover "Jobe" (Reno) is in both time "zones" at the same time.

He has to deliver this message from Crockett but then winds up trying to do so in modern times, on a bus and other crazy things. This is a very bizarre story.

It's a fish-out-of-water story. Imagine a kid from the Alamo days suddenly in a big city watching some guy "break dance" on sidewalk! Looking at Jobe's coonskin cap, the guy says, "Hey, man, I dig your funky cap!"

Reno mainly just stares at everything in disbelief, which I guess we would do, too. I might today if some dude, like the break dancer asked me, "I'm a lean, mean rappin' machine; ya know what I mean?" Then, the punk steals the cap.

Things get worse for the kid. A car nearly hits him so Jobe fires at the car. Now the police are after him.

Can Jobe get his message to General Lefferts, when it's years past the real-time event. Can he get back to the Alamo? Since everyone died there, would be best if he's stuck in time and never gets back there? Will that happen? The answer to these questions are seen in the last half of this episode. I won't say any more than that. It's a good adventure story.

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