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
This episode aired April 7, 1961, five months before the events taking place in the calendar month posted in the diner, September 1961. See more »
Joe returns to the diner after picking up the rifle (which is now old and dried out). As he opens the door to re-enter the diner, he is carrying the rifle in his left hand but the inside shot of him coming through the door shows him carrying it with his right hand. See more »
The year is 1847, the place is the territory of New Mexico, the people are a tiny handful of men and women with a dream. Eleven months ago, they started out from Ohio and headed west. Someone told them about a place called California, about a warm sun and a blue sky, about rich land and fresh air, and at this moment, almost a year later, they've seen nothing but cold, heat, exhaustion, hunger, and sickness. This man's name is Christian Horn. He has a dying eight-year old son ...
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A wagon-train leader needs medicine for a child - but it won't be invented for another 100 years.
The show takes a deliberate pace in setting up the characters, circumstances & especially, the POV from their era. To this viewer, when Horn leaves his family & crosses to the other side of the sandy rim, the sudden view of the high-power-line girder structure seems very unsettling & unreal, with no explanation for what it is (in B&W, it was even more so). And the road itself is dark and smooth. All the way out here ? Why ?
The odd twist takes a deadly turn when a tall wheeled noisy 'monster' comes racing down the road toward Horn, who just gets out of the way. But his rifle goes off, injuring an arm (Cinematographer George Clemens showed Horn's POV as seen from a very low angle on the road, lending Horn's 'monster' to be a real & threatening unknown).
Horn has no idea what this all means, but he pulls himself together, keeps going, handling his deep fear, and finds his answers.
Looking at something, someone or another era from a different point-of-view, does indeed open up many possible worlds of thought . .
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