The Twilight Zone

Season 3 Episode 13

Once Upon a Time

Aired Unknown Dec 15, 1961 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • Despite the fact that someone can only travel in time for 30 minutes, and it's a major plot point, Rollo returns to his own time after spending a week in 1890.

  • Quotes

    • (Opening Narration)
      Narrator: Mr. Mulligan, a rather dour critic of his times, is shortly to discover the import of that old phrase, "Out of the frying pan, into the fire," said fire burning brightly at all times in the Twilight Zone.

    • Rollo: You don't understand. This man must get back to 1890.
      Repairman: Well, you're in the wrong block. This is only 1600.

    • (Closing Narration)
      Narrator: "To each his own" - so goes another old phrase to which Mr. Woodrow Mulligan would heartily subscribe, for he has learned, definitely the hard way, that there is much wisdom in a third old phrase which goes as follows: "Stay in your own backyard." To which it might be added, "and if possible, assist others to stay in theirs"--via, of course, the Twilight Zone.

  • Notes

    • Half of the episode was made to be just like a old silent movie, with captions and piano music.

    • Les Goodwins directed one sequence in this episode. After main photography had been completed, it was decided to add in the scenes in the repair shop. Goodwins, who had directorial experience and was pretty much always on staff and site, came down to do the pick ups.

  • Allusions

    • Walter Jacque: Slapstick gags
      Buster Keaton was the uncredited writer of the episode. Many of the sight gags were taken directly from his silent films. Episode was part of the rebirth of Keaton's popularity.