Execution (The Twilight Zone)

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Albert Salmi: Joe Caswell
Russell Johnson: Professor Manion
Than Wyenn: Johnson
Jon Lormer: Reverend
George Mitchell: Old Man
Fay Roope: Judge

"Execution" is an episode of the American television anthology series The Twilight Zone. It features Albert Salmi, who also plays the lead character in the Season 4 episode "Of Late I Think of Cliffordville".



In 1880, a man named Joe Caswell is about to be hanged for murder. But as the noose tightens around his neck, he suddenly appears in the modern lab of Professor Manion. Manion explains that he used a time machine to randomly pluck Caswell from the past. But when Manion sees Caswell's rope burns around his neck, he attempts to send him back. The two men get into a fight, and Caswell ends up hitting Manion over the head with a heavy lamp. Caswell then tries to escape onto a busy street, but becomes so overwhelmed by the lights and the noise that he returns to the lab. Seeking the scientist's aid, he realizes that his blow has killed Manion. Just then a thief, Johnson, breaks into the lab. Caswell hits Johnson and tries to wrestle Johnson's gun from him, but Johnson gets the upper hand of the fight and strangles Caswell with a blind cord. As Johnson tries to break into Manion's safe, he accidentally activates the time machine — and is sent back to 1880, appearing in the noose intended for Caswell, just in time to be hanged.


  • Russell Johnson, who plays Professor Manion in this episode, plays a man who travels through time in an attempt to stop the assassination of Abraham Lincoln in the episode "Back There"; he is perhaps more famous for playing The Professor on the series Gilligan's Island.
  • The opening narration in this episode has a line which is reused in the second season episode "The Whole Truth", which describes the main character as follows, "Mr. Harvey Hunnicut...who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, must have gone for a beer and missed out," similarly to the main character in this episode, "Mr. Joe Caswell, who, when the good Lord passed out a conscience, a heart, a feeling for fellow men, must have been out for a beer and missed out."


  • DeVoe, Bill. (2008). Trivia from The Twilight Zone. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media. ISBN 978-1-59393-136-0
  • Grabman, Sandra. (2005). Spotlights and Shadows: The Albert Salmi Story. Albany, GA: Bear Manor Media.
  • Grams, Martin. (2008). The Twilight Zone: Unlocking the Door to a Television Classic. Churchville, MD: OTR Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9703310-9-0

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