Leslie Nielson was a character actor in the ’50s, [Forbidden Planet] not anything like his comedy films of later decades. He’s a bit over the top in this anthology of stories, predating Twilight Zone and not nearly as good.
He plays a guy who has just committed a murder and wants out. A devilish man offers him a way out by going back in time and reliving 7 years. We never see the 7 years relived, just the last scene where he commits the same murder, saying almost the same words.
Fails for me since the TV episode says basically ‘don’t ask what you wish for’ and ‘Fate is unchanging’ and a bit of a downer.
Watch it yourself here, or get the whole season!
Here’s the Wikipedia article on Tales of Tomorrow, a precursor to Twilight Zone!
“Tales of Tomorrow is an American anthology science fiction series that was performed and broadcast live on ABC from 1951 to 1953. The series covered such stories as Frankenstein, starring Lon Chaney, Jr., 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea starring Thomas Mitchell as Captain Nemo, and many others featuring such performers as Boris Karloff, Brian Keith, Lee J. Cobb, Veronica Lake, Rod Steiger, Bruce Cabot, Franchot Tone, Gene Lockhart, Walter Abel, Cloris Leachman, Leslie Nielsen, and Paul Newman. The series had many similarities to the later Twilight Zone which also covered one of the same stories, “What You Need”. In total it ran for eighty-five 30-minute episodes. It was called “the best science-fiction fare on TV today” by Paul Fairman, editor of If.”