The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)
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A Hundred Yards Over the Rim 

A pioneer from a wagon train in 1847 sets off to find something for his ill son and stumbles into present day New Mexico.


Buzz Kulik


Rod Serling, Rod Serling (created by)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Cliff Robertson ... Christian Horn
John Crawford ... Joe
Evans Evans Evans Evans ... Mary Lou
Edward Platt ... Doctor (as Ed Platt)
Miranda Jones Miranda Jones ... Martha Horn
Ken Drake Ken Drake ... Man
Robert McCord ... Sheriff (as Robert L. McCord III)
Jennifer Bunker Jennifer Bunker ... Woman
John Astin ... Charlie


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 garykmcd

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Release Date:

7 April 1961 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Christian Horn, Jr. was born in Meridian, Ohio in 1839 and died in Santa Barbara, California in 1914. See more »


During the gas station restaurant scene, Christian has about a four or five days growth of beard. When he returns to the wagon the growth is down to that of only about a day or so. See more »


[closing narration]
Narrator: Mr. Christian Horn, one of the hardy breed of men who headed west during a time when there were no concrete highways or the solace of civilization. Mr. Christian Horn, and family and party, heading west, after a brief detour to The Twilight Zone.
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Referenced in Everybody Wants Some!! (2016) See more »

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Best Twilight Zone Episode
8 July 2016 | by jtmichaelsonSee all my reviews

Why I have felt this episode to be the best of all Twilight Zones, is because, while I was watching it, I felt that if I was a filmmaker I'd want my modern day movie to go exactly as I see it here on TZ. Yes, of course I'd modernize it to incorporate today's technology and settings, but the way this episode was written, acted, shot and edited, it's nearly perfect in its delivery. A modern movie could follow this episode, nearly line for line and still be fascinating to watch.

It's also an episode that would be fine had it been longer and presented more of Chris' ordeal, maybe add a little more of the situations Chris had to deal with, landing in a modern world. But if you think your way through it, without fluffing it up and going too out of the box, and this episode could certainly be done superbly without dragging on and falling short.

Time travel books and stories have existed for hundreds of years, and the movies have depicted time travel since the dawn of filmmaking, but this episode of Twilight Zone was done so perfectly, with an amazing ending, that it deserves a reboot (strictly without CGI) - in a time where reboots are getting old, stale and boring.

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