The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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When a 20th-century scientist tests out his time machine he accidentally retrieves a murderer from 1880, saving him from the hangman's noose. Unaware of the man's history, the scientist attempts to acclimatize him to his new surroundings.


Rod Serling (teleplay by), George Clayton Johnson (based on a short story by)




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


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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The background noises heard in the time machine were later reused in Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). They were previously heard in The Twilight Zone: Third from the Sun (1960) and The Twilight Zone: Elegy (1960). See more »


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


Prof. Manion: [speaking into a Dictaphone] At 8:15 the subject appeared desperately tired, so I put him to bed. After two hours, I've discovered the following: His name is Joseph Caswell. He tells me he was a trail boss on a cattle ranch in the territory of Montana. His last moment of recollection was November 14th, 1880. He says he was riding herd when suddenly he blacked out. He awoke to find himself on the cot of my laboratory. He felt no sensations, and only in the last few moments did he seem to have any...
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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It should have a higher rating
10 July 2018 | by ericstevensonSee all my reviews

This is a fairly lesser known episode that shows a guy in the Old West about to be executed. It turns out he's teleported to eighty years in the future with a time machine. It's weird looking at that, because it's now been about sixty years since this episode aired! You could re-use that plot in modern times! The guy who brought him there suspects that he's a criminal. That's why his neck was like that.

This really is an intense episode as we see the guy go crazy at modern technology. Hmm, I wonder if someone from 1960 would go crazy being teleported to this time? Things don't seem to have changed as much as they did from that period than from 1880 to 1960. Okay, that's not as much of a gap but still. The ending's a little predictable, but it's still a classic episode. Everyone got what they deserved, more or less. ****

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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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