Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse

The Time Element

Season 1, Ep 6, Aired 11/10/58
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  • Episode Description
  • A patient visiting a psychiatrist complains of recurrent dreams in which he imagines he is living in Hawaii just before the attack on Pearl Harbor. A series of flashbacks shows him living with his knowledge of what has happened in the seventeen years since, betting on sure winners in sports events, but also seeking to warn a newly-married couple, newspaper editors, and anyone else who will listen that they will be attacked by the Japanese. Everyone is either too interested in a good time or too determinedly patriotic to give heed; the man only gets punched on the jaw. In the end the psychiatrist is left looking at a blank couch, and to steady his own nerves he goes to a bar to get a drink. There he learns his patient was killed at Pearl Harbor.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Desi Arnaz

    Host

  • Rod Serling

  • Bert Granet

  • Nick Musuraca

  • Allen Reisner

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    • The script for this episode was previously shelved by CBS. Desi Arnaz was so impressed by it that he bought it from the network for Desilu Playhouse. So popular with the audience and the critics, it served as the launch for Rod Serling's classic, long running Twilight Zone television show.

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