Washed-up gunslinger Al Denton is given another chance by a mysterious man by the name of Henry J. Fate, who offers him a potion guaranteed to make him the fastest gun in the West for ten seconds. Facing a young gunfighter who rode into town looking for a duel, Denton downs his vial of the potion only to find his opponent holding an identical bottle. Each man shoots the other in the hand, causing injuries that will never allow them to use a gun again. Afterwards, Denton tells his young opponent that they have both been blessed because they will never again be able to fire a gun in anger.
The Sixteen-Millimeter Shrine
Aging film star Barbara Jean Trenton secludes herself in her private screening room, where she reminisces on her past by watching her old films. In an attempt to bring her out into the real world, her agent Danny Weiss arranges a part for her in a new movie and brings a former leading man to visit her. But this only drives her further into seclusion. Then one day, Barbara Jean's maid finds the screening room empty — and is horrified by what she sees on the screen. Danny comes over and sees on the screen the living room of the house, filled with movie stars and Barbara Jean as they appeared in the old films. She throws her scarf toward the camera and departs just before the film ends. In the living room, Danny finds Barbara Jean's scarf.
A middle-aged man, Martin Sloane, is driving cross-country when he stops his car. He walks toward his hometown, which appears exactly as it was when he was a boy. He sees himself as a boy, and following him home, meets his parents. Trying to convince his parents that he is their son from the future, he succeeds only in proving his insanity. Martin tries to warn his younger self to enjoy his childhood before it is too late, but his advances scare young Martin, who falls off the merry-go-round and injures his leg. Finally, his father confronts him. Having seen the papers in Martin's wallet and now believing him to be who he says he is, he tells him to return to his own time. Martin finds himself back in his own time, walking with a new limp.