The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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When a 20th-century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a 19th-century murderer - saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the two attempt to acclimatize him to his new surroundings.

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Rod Serling (teleplay by), George Clayton Johnson (based on a short story by)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Albert Salmi ... Joe Caswell
Russell Johnson ... Prof. Manion
Than Wyenn Than Wyenn ... Paul Johnson
George Mitchell ... Old Man
Jon Lormer ... Minister
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Judge
Richard Karlan Richard Karlan ... Bartender
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Storyline

In the late 19th century, Joe Caswell is about to be hanged for murder, when he vanishes into thin air. He's been snatched by Prof. Manion's time machine and brought 80 years into the future. Caswell was selected at random and Manion can see the rope marks on his neck. Caswell is eager to see his new world but Manion wants to send him back. When Caswell runs off into the night, his new world proves to be too much for him. Justice is served in the end and a murderer hangs. Written by garykmcd

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Much of the equipment, like the dials, machinery and even the large transparent globe was also used in The Forbidden Planet, Satellite in the Sky, and World Without End. See more »

Goofs

Mr. Caswell acts surprised at the sight of the lighter, yet lighters were invented in approximately 1823. See more »

Quotes

Joe Caswell: Mister, you're just talkin' words! Justice, right and wrong. They sound good in this nice warm room and a nice full stomach, just a few feet away from a soft bed. They sound nice, and they go down easy! But you just try 'em on an ice cold mesa, where another man's bread or another man's jacket stands between you and stayin' alive. You get in this machine of yours, and you go back to where I was, and you talk about your law and your order and your justice. They're gonna sound different! Mister, ...
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References The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954) See more »

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He Had HIs Chances!
1 October 2008 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is pretty well done. It's the whole business of the Frankenstein monster brought back. You can dress him up but you can't take him out. He is bad to the bone. Albert Salmi ends up rescued from the rope, but then stupidly kills the man who saved him. This leads to a series of events which he cannot handle. His efforts to blend in with the new culture get him assaulted and confused. When I first saw this I thought I had it all figured out; then Serling threw one more curve. This is a very entertaining example of the man in the wrong place at the wrong time. Done other times, it throws in a third party who should have stayed home.


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