Time Helmet - Time
device featured on episode No. 78 "Once Upon a
Time" (12/15/61) on the sci-fi anthology
Buster Keaton starred as William Mulligan, a
clumsy janitor living in the 1890s town of
Harmony who sought some peace and quiet from all
the noise of modern day life.
When he sees a "Time Machine" in the form of a
helmet created by a local scientist, Mulligan
puts it on his head and suddenly appears in the
middle of a 1960s traffic-filled street.
Almost hit by a car, Mulligan loses his time
helmet when the protruding arm of a car driver
snags the helmet off his head. Running after the
car, Mulligan retrieves the helmet but just then
a kid on a skateboard picks up the helmet and
skates away. Mulligan again retrieves the helmet
but discovers it broken.
Suddenly, a Good Samaritan directs Mulligan to a
fix-it shop where the helmet gets repaired.
However, the Good Samaritan steals it and tries
to travel back in time without Mulligan.
Thinking quickly, Mulligan jumps into the time
wake created by the helmet, and both he and the
Good Samaritan return to the past.
While Mulligan was glad to be back home, the man
from the 1960s complained about the lack of
modern conveniences like TV dinners, electric
blankets or girls in bikinis.
To shut the man up and get some peace and quiet,
Mulligan placed the time helmet on the man's
head and sent him back to the future. Moral: The
grass isn't always greener...in the Twilight
The time helmet resembled a football helmet
with a series of thin iron shafts rising
vertically from each side. On the side of the
helmet was a dial that tracked the time periods
from the 1890s to the 1960s. When activated, the
tips of the helmet's iron spikes began to smoke,
sizzle and spark. The length of each time trip
was limited to 30 minutes.
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