The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Hundred Yards Over the Rim 

A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.


Buzz Kulik


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Cliff Robertson ... Christian Horn
John Crawford ... Joe
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Mary Lou
Edward Platt ... Doctor (as Ed Platt)
Miranda Jones Miranda Jones ... Martha Horn
Ken Drake Ken Drake ... Man
Robert McCord Robert McCord ... Sheriff (as Robert L. McCord III)
Jennifer Bunker Jennifer Bunker ... Woman
John Astin ... Charlie


Christian Horn is member of an 1847 wagon train headed west. They are 1500 miles from St. Louis and are now in the New Mexico desert. Many in the wagon train are ready to turn back but Chris wants everyone to persevere. His son has had a fever for 11 days now and Chris goes off looking for water, only 100 yards or so from the others and suddenly finds himself in the present day. He can't quite bring himself to believe what he sees or where he is but those he meets believe he's a man from the past. The trip in time does have one positive outcome. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Ever the meticulous actor, Cliff Robertson prepared a detailed treatment for his character, Christian Horn, and also did extensive research on the 1840s time period in which the episode is set. Robertson concluded that an easterner like Horn would have worn a stovepipe hat, whereas the director, fearing that such a hat would make Horn look comical, wanted him to wear an ahistorical Stetson. The dispute was finally taken to producer Rod Serling who, after hearing both sides, decided to let Robertson wear the stovepipe hat, as seen in the filmed version. See more »


This story is set in 1847, and Christian Horn is carrying a Trap Door Springfield Rifle made in 1884. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Mr. Christian Horn, one of the hardy breed of men who headed west during a time when there were no concrete highways or the solace of civilization. Mr. Christian Horn, and family and party, heading west, after a brief detour to The Twilight Zone.
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A Step into the Future
19 November 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This episode is good because of the realistic portrayals of its characters. They are human and act with compassion and concern. Cliff Robertson plays the leader of a small group of wagons, heading for California. They are nearly done in by the sweltering heat of the New Mexico desert. Robertson goes "over the rim" looking for water and game. He is suddenly transported a hundred years into the future. He meets some nice people who help him, but he is confused and bewildered. Still, he plays the stoic leader that he is and tries to piece things together. Unfortunately, the authorities get involved but he comes to realize the grander plan involved. This is a nice treatment of a story Serling used many times.

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