Outer Limits (1960s) Episode Guide


Original guide by Mike Brown (Vidiot)
http://vidiot.com
Version: January 4, 1989


Additional information and HTML formatting by Loren Heisey
https://innermind.com
Version: April 30, 2021


Guide Notes

Information is from the June, 1983, issue of Video Review. Other information is from the MGM/UA video tape packages and the book "The Outer Limits - The Official Companion".

Additional information is from United Artists Television press releases and on-screen credits.


Series Introduction from Press Release Package

Where does Fact end and Fiction begin? Who can predict what fantasy of today will become the reality of tomorrow? As man's knowledge of the universe expands, the realm of science fiction takes on new significance. Each episode of THE OUTER LIMITS begins with scientific fact. That fact is dramatized, illumined, projected into the Future and developed into a highly imaginative yet believable adventure. Each story has a different cast, headed by distinguished new guest stars, actors and actresses of proved talent.

Dramas Of the Unusual, The Surprising, the Almost Incredible

Examples of the highly imaginative dramas in THE OUTER LIMITS:

  • Alien plant-life invades a space station, threatening to destroy all Mankind.
  • Scientists make human tissue truly pliable, enabling one person to assume the appearance of another — for better got worse.
  • Inhabitants from another planet plan to spend their time in contemplation...decide to enslave Earthlings to do their manual labor.
  • Hostile invaders from another planet assume the identity of innocent house cats in a plot to take over a community on Earth.

Locale

The laboratories and space stations, city streets and far-off galaxies, the depths of the Earth, Seas and Human Mind.


Principle Production Credits

Executive Producer: Leslie Stevens
Producer: Joseph Stefano (season 1), Ben Brady (season 2)
Associate and Story Consultant: Louis Morheim (season 1), Seeleg Lester (season 2)
Associate Producer: Sam White (season 2)
Theme: Dominic Frontiere
Control Voice: Vic Perrin
Produced by Daystar Productions
In Association with Villa Di Stefano Productions
United Artists Television
Metro Goldwyn Mayer


FIRST SEASON

1. The Galaxy Being

Original airdate: 9/16/63
Production dates: 3-14 Dec 62
Please Stand By (pilot title)

A radio engineer experimenting with a 3-D TV scanner accidentally teleports to Earth a being from the Andromeda Galaxy.

Package notes:

Oscar-winner Cliff Robertson stars as Allan Maxwell, a radio station owner who plunders his station's resources to build and power a three- dimensional television receiver capable of displaying deep-space radio signals. These strange radio waves suddenly take the form of a "galaxy being" composed of pure energy, whose own curiosity has led it to Earth.

The alien's strange, glowing form and deadly radiation trigger a tide of panic and violence. Only Maxwell can avert a showdown — at the possible cost of his own life!

Cast:
Allan Maxwell (Cliff Robertson)
Carol Maxwell (Jacqueline Scott)
Andromedan Being (William O. Douglas, Jr. and Charles MacQuarry)
Gene "Buddy" Maxwell (Lee Philips)
Loreen (Allyson Ames)
Caretaker Collins (Roy Sickner)
State Trooper (James Frawley)
National Guard Major (Bill Catching)
Policeman (Allen Pinson)
with:
Polly Burson, May Boss, Don Harvey, Mavis Neal,
William Stevens, Peter Madsen
Written and Directed by Leslie Stevens
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

2. The Hundred Days of the Dragon

Original airdate: 9/23/63
Production dates: 3-11 Jul 63

A drug which makes flesh plastic enables a foreign agent to impersonate a US presidential candidate.

Package notes:

No one knows, but the President is not who he appears to be. In a terrifying timely story of genetic engineering and East-West powerplay, "The Hundred Days of the Dragon" stars Sidney Blackmer (Rosemary's Baby) as a popular American President who puts into place a master plan to slowly and steadily destroy the United States. Only the President's daughter can stop him — if she can uncover his secret before it's too late. A classic chiller from the TV series that influenced a generation of horror and suspense films.

Cast:
William Lyons Selby (Sidney Blackmer)
Theodore Pearson (Phillip Pine)
Carol Selby Conner (Nancy Rennick)
Ann Pearson (Joan Camden)
Li Chin-Sung (Richard Loo)
Dr. Bob Connor (Mark Roberts)
Dr. Su-Lin (Aki Akeong)
Major Ho Chi-Wong (Clarence Lung)
Wen Lee (James Hong)
Li Kwan (James Yagi)
Frank Summers (Bert Remsen)
Carter (Dennis McCarthy)
Briggs (Richard Gittings)
Bryan (Robert Brubaker)
Oriental in hotel (Eugene Chan)
FBI Agent Marshall (Henry Scott)
Voice of Mr. Schumacher (Vic Perrin)
Voice of Electron Returns Commentator (Leslie Stevens)
Written by Allan Balter and Robert Mintz
Directed by Byron Haskin
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

3. The Architects of Fear

Original airdate: 9/30/63
Production dates: 19-26 Jun 63

A team of desperate scientists, seeking an end to the threat of war, surgically metamorphose scientist Robert Culp into an "alien" in an elaborate scenario designed to frighten the world's nations into peaceful coexistence by creating for them a "common enemy" — an enemy from space. Culp's death is faked — not even his wife is aware of the plan — and he's then subjected to a series of operations. But the noble scheme backfires: His spaceship crashes in a wooded area, where he is shot by frightened hunters. The "creature" limps back to the lab and reveals himself to his horrified wife before collapsing at her feet.

Package notes:

Grimly concluding that a common enemy, not love, is the only hope in unifying the warring nations of Earth, a group of scientists set out to secretly create the ultimate, global threat — an all-powerful alien monster. But can fear save the world? Robert Culp stars as the idealistic scientist chosen to undergo the painful and bizarre mutation from human to Thetan ("I am Caliban — with a Ph.D!"). Considered a special effects masterpiece, the resulting creature was judged so frightening by several local television stations that they actually blacked out the screen during the Thetan's appearance!

Cast:
Allen Leighton (Robert Culp)
Yvette Leighton (Geraldine Brooks)
Dr. Phillip Gainer (Leonard Stone)
Dr. Herschel (Martin Wolfson)
Dr. Paul Fredericks (Douglas Henderson)
the Thetan [Allen as alien] (Janos Prohaska)
Carl Ford (Lee Zimmer)
Bert Bolsey (Hal Bokar)
"Big Tom" (William Bush)
Fred (Clay Tanner)
and Ginger the dog.
Written by Meyer Dolinsky
Directed by Byron Haskin
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

4. The Man With The Power

Original airdate: 10/07/63
Production dates: 29 Jul-3 Aug 63

A meek university professor finds that his unconscious mind is destroying those with whom he becomes angry.

Package notes:

Donald Pleasence ("Halloween", "Escape From New York") is Harold Finley, a meek, unassuming college professor who invents a device capable of controlling the entire electro-magnetic spectrum. Implanted in his brain, the device gives Finley the ability to mentally direct this unlimited energy source. When a storm-like cloud of electricity attacks his sharp-tongued wife and domineering school dean, he realizes the device has unleashed a subconscious thirst for revenge — with uncontrollable and deadly results.

Cast:
Harold J. Finley (Donald Pleasence)
Vera Finley (Priscilla Morrill)
Dean Radcliff (Edward C. Platt)
Steve Crandon (Fred Bier)
Dr. Sigmund Hindeman (John Marley)
Dr. Keenan (Frank Maxwell)
Dr. Hencshell (Paul Lambert)
Dr. Tremaine (James McCallion)
Emily Radcliff (Anne Loos)
Finley's MD (Harry Ellerbee)
First Tree Pruner (Saul Gross)
2nd Tree Pruner (Fred Crane)
Secretary (Diane Strom)
Detective (Paul Kent)
Nurse (Jane Barclay)
Surgeon (Pat O'Hara)
Written by Jerome Ross
Directed by Laslo Benedek
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

5. The Sixth Finger

Original airdate: 10/14/63
Production dates: 20-27 Aug 63

An uneducated miner (David McCallum) volunteers for an experiment in the acceleration of human evolution, and is transformed into a man of the distant future. Possessing a bulging cranium and a vast intellect, he grows increasingly aloof toward the rest of mankind, coming to regard human beings as little more than insects.

Before setting out to destroy the nearby town as an example of his power, he returns to the laboratory and directs his former sweetheart to operate the controls of the apparatus which will catapult him to the furthest limit of man's evolutionary potential. The heartbroken girl instead returns him to the former, 20th-century self.

Package notes:

A benign and brilliant scientist (Edward Mulhare) discovers a way to accelerate human evolution. David McCallum (superagent Illya Kuryakin from "The Man From Uncle") plays the bitter young coal miner who is miraculously transformed into the man of the future. As a result of the experiment, the size of his brain grows grotesquely, a 'sixth finger' appears, and he becomes the possessor of tremendous mental powers!

Cast:
Gwylim Griffiths (David McCallum)
Prof. Mathers (Edward Mulhare)
Cathy Evans (Jill Haworth)
Gert "the Bread" Evans (Constance Cavendish)
Wilt Morgan (Robert Doyle)
Mrs. Ives (Nora Marlowe)
Darwin the Monkey (Janos Prohaska)
Constable's Deputy #1/Stunt (Chick Hayward)
#2 (George Pelling)
Stunt Mathers (Al Wyatt)
Written by Ellis St. Joseph
Additional material by Joseph Stefano
Directed by James Goldstone
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

6. The Man Who Was Never Born

Original airdate: 10/28/63
Production dates: 27 Aug-4 Sep 63

An astronaut returning from a deep-space mission passes through a time warp and lands on the desolate Earth of 2148. He meets a dis-figured mutant named Andro (Martin Landau) who informs him that civilization was wiped out by an extraterrestrial microbe developed by a biologist named Bertram Cabot Jr.

Hoping to return to the 20th century to prevent Cabot from unleashing the microbe, the two men pilot the ship back through the time warp, but only Andro survives the trip. Through various intrigues, he manages to prevent the birth of Cabot, thereby saving the future from deadly pestilence.

Package notes:

A time and space traveler journeys into the future, where the bacterium invention of a crazed twentieth century scientist has turned humans into mutants. Accompanied by the ghoulish Andro (Martin Landau), the astronaut races back in time to kill the scientist and save the future of the world.

But only Andro survives, and he arrives too early — before the infant is born. He must disguise his appearance and convince the mother-to-be to abort her wedding. Only Andro can stop her and change the course of destiny. But is it too late?

Cast:
Andro (Martin Landau)
Noelle Andreson (Shirley Knight)
Bertram Cabot (John Considine)
Capt. Joseph Reardon (Karl Held)
Mrs. McCluskey (Maxine Stuart)
Minister (Marlowe Jenson)
Old Man [in unused footage] (Jack Raine)
Written by Anthony Lawrence
Directed by Leonard Horn
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

7. O.B.I.T.

Original airdate: 11/04/63
Production dates: 13-20 Sep 63

A senatorial committee uncovers an alien plot to demoralize the human race with surveillance machines capable of spying on anyone.

Package notes:

"It's awful — awful!...It's the most hideous creation ever conceived! No one can laugh, or joke. It watches, sap the very spirit. And the worst thing of all is I watch it. I can't not look. It's like a drug — a horrible drug. You can't resist. It's an addiction."

These words of testimony are babbled by the crumbling Colonel Grover to describe OBIT — The Outer Band Individuated Teletracer — a hellishly precise surveillance machine of questionable origin. Uncovered by a murder investigation at a Defense Department research center, OBIT proves to be an insidious instrument that breads fear and hostility.

Both cautionary tale and tight courtroom drama, O.B.I.T. explores the fear and hostility that result when all privacy is eliminated...and all secrets are revealed.

Cast:
Senator Jeremiah Orville (Peter Breck)
Byron Lomax (Jeff Corey)
Col. Grover (Alan Baxter)
Dr. Clifford Scott (Harry Townes)
Barbara Scott (Joanne Gilbert)
Clyde Wyatt (Sam Reese)
Dr. Phillip Fletcher (Konstantin Shayne)
Fred Seven [OBIT Operative] (Jason Wingreen)
Capt. James Harrison (Robert Beneveds)
Dr. Anderson (Lindsay Workman)
Armand Younger (Chuck Hamilton)
OBIT Creature (William O. Douglas, Jr.)
Written by Meyer Dolinsky
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

8. The Human Factor

Original airdate: 11/11/63
Production dates: 31 May-10 Jun 63

An accident at a military base results in a personality exchange between the base psychiatrist and a psychotic officer.

Cast:
Major Roger Brothers (Harry Guardino)
Dr. James Hamilton (Gary Merrill)
Col. William Campbell (Joe de Santis)
Ingrid Larkin (Sally Kellerman)
Major Harold Giles (Ivan Dixon)
Dr. Soldini (Shirely O'Hara)
Orderly (James B. Sikking)
Peterson (John Newton)
Sergeant (Art Alisi)
Nurse (Jane Langley)
Pvt. Gordon/Ice Ghost (William O. Douglas, Jr.)
Sentry/Stunt Hamilton (Matty Jordan)
Stunt Brothers (Dave Perna)
Intercom Voice (Vic Perrin)
Written by David Duncan
Directed by Abner Biberman
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

9. Corpus Earthling

Original airdate: 11/18/63
Production dates: 1-8 Oct 63

A doctor with a metal plate in his skull is able to hear the conversation of alien parasites plotting to take over the world.

Cast:
Dr. Paul Cameron (Robert Culp)
Laurie Hendricks-Cameron (Salome Jens)
Dr. Jonas Temple (Barry Atwater)
Ralph [physician] (David Garner)
Caretaker (Ken Renard)
Voice of the Rocks (Robert Johnson)
Written by Orin Borsten
Some material by Lou Morheim and Joseph Stefano
Loosely based on the novel "Corpus Earthling", by Louis Charbonneau
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Assistant Director: Claude Binyon, Jr.
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

10. Nightmare

Original airdate: 12/02/63
Production dates: 23-20 Sep 63
Ebon Struck First (original title)

The alien Ebonites mistakenly attack Earth, then promise to do anything to rectify their grave error. Earth's military leaders insist they take part in a psychological test of the capabilities of Earth's fighting men: The Ebonites will make believe an interplanetary war is going on and will subject human POWs they've captured to a variety of excruciating tortures. The aliens play the ruse for only so long, then rebel at the prospect of continuing with the cruel charade. A chilling effort, it makes excellent use of a frequent "Outer Limits" motif — unearthly aliens who prove to be more humane than the humans around them.

Package notes:

A young Martin Sheen is part of a six-man multinational strike force captured on the planet Ebon and made prisoners of war. The Ebonites — satanic, batwinged, gargoyle-like aliens — brutally interrogate their prisoners with torture, drugs and vivid hallucinations.

After painful "exploratory interviews," the group is allowed basic necessities and the "respect due a conquered enemy." This leads the prisoners to conclude that there is a traitor among them, someone who must be killed!

Arguably "The Outer Limits" best-written show, "Nightmare" is a tour de force of ensemble acting that brings to life an horrific view of phobia and conspiracy.

Cast:
Col. Luke Stone (Ed Nelson)
Major Jong (James Shigeta)
Ebonite Interrogator (John Anderson)
Pvt. Arthur Dix (Martin Sheen)
Lt. James P. Willowmore (Bill Gunn)
Capt. Terrence Ralph Brookman (David Frankham)
Lt. Ersa Krug (Bernard Kates)
Gen. Benton (Ben Wright)
Commanding General (Whit Bissell)
Chief of Staff (Willard Sage)
Dix's Mother (Lillian Adams)
Krug's Grandfather (Sasha Harden)
Krug's Governess (Lisa Mann)
Dr. Whorf (Martin Brandt)
Ebonite Guard (Paul Stader)
Written by Joseph Stefano
Directed by John Erman
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

11. It Crawled Out Of The Woodwork

Original airdate: 12/09/63
Production dates: 18-25 Oct 63

A mysterious ball of dust at an energy research facility erupts into a huge, formless creature of pure energy. The psychotic head of the facility, Dr. Block (Kent Smith), learns to control the creature, and uses it to intimidate and control his employees. Eventually the police sergeant (Ed Asner) finds out, and Dr. Block is killed in a shootout, but not before unleashing the ravenous energy creature, which heads for the nearby town. The sergeant has the town's electricity shut off completely, and the mindless creature has no alternative but to return to the research facility, where the generators provide its only source of nourishment. Though under control for the moment, a way must be found to live with the creature peaceably — for energy can be neither created nor destroyed. A cautionary tale on the necessary hazards of life in the atomic age.

Cast:
Jory Peters (Scott Marlowe)
Prof. Stuart Peters (Michael Forest)
Dr. Block (Kent Smith)
Gaby Christian (Barbara Luna)
Detective Sergeant Thomas Siroleo (Ed Asner)
Prof. Stephanie Linden (Joan Lamden)
Warren Edgar Morley (Gene Darfler)
New Sentry (Ted DeCorsia)
Coroner (Tom Palmer)
Cleaning Lady (Lea Marmer)
NORCO Intercom Voice (Robert Johnson)
Written by Joseph Stefano
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

12. The Borderland

Original airdate: 12/16/63
Production dates: 22-29 May 63

A team of scientists discovers a means of entering the fourth dimension and gains financial support from a wealthy man obsessed with contacting the spirit of his dead son.

Cast:
Ian Frazer (Mark Richman)
Eva Frazer (Nina Foch)
Mrs. Palmer (Gladys Cooper)
Edgar Price (Alfred Ryder)
Lincoln Russel (Phillip Abbott)
Dwight Hartley (Barry Jones)
Benson Sawyer (Gene Raymond)
Dr. Sung (Noel DeSousa)
Written and Directed by Leslie Stevens
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

13. Tourist Attraction

Original airdate: 12/23/63
Production dates: 11-19 Jun 63

An enormous lizard-fish is captured off the South American coast and put on display until others of its kind emerge from the sea and rescue it.

Cast:
John Dexter (Ralph Meeker)
Lynn Arthur (Janet Blair)
Tom Evans (Jerry Douglas)
Prof. Arrivelo (Jay Novello)
Gen. Juan Mercurio (Henry Silva)
Reporter (Willard Sage)
2nd Reporter (Edward Colmens)
Oswaldo [Major Domo] (Jon Silo)
Capt. Fortunato [Mercurio's aide] (Francis Ravel)
Skipper (Stuart Lancaster)
Paco [Janitor] (Martin Garrelega)
Mario (Henry Delgado)
Butler (Marco Antonio)
Ichthyosaurus Mercurius (Roger Stem)
with:
Noel de Sousa and Shelley Morrison
Written by Dean Riesner
Directed by Lasio Benedek
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

14. The Zanti Misfits

Original airdate: 12/30/63
Production dates: 9-17 Oct 63

Earth is chosen as the place of exile for the criminals of the planet Zanti.

Package notes:

The rulers of the planet Zanti, incapable of executing their own species, coerce Earth officials into allowing Zanti to exile its criminals to our world. Those assigned to manage the desert penal colony have no idea of the shape or form of this alien race. But their hideous appearance is revealed when a couple of losers-on-the-run (one played by a young Bruce Dern) penetrate the restricted area and the Zanti creatures loose a vicious attack!

This bizarre alien menace created by writer-producer Joseph Stefano has made this one of the most popular and enduring of all "Outer Limits" episodes.

Cast:
Prof. Stephen Grave (Michael Tolan)
Gen. Maximillian R. Hart (Robert F. Simon)
Major Roger Hill (Claude Woolman)
Ben Garth (Bruce Dern)
Lisa Lawrence (Olive Deering)
Communications Operator (Lex Johnson)
Radar Operator (Joey Tata)
Computer Technician (George Sims)
Air Police Sergeant (Mike Mikler)
Corporal Delano (Bill Hart)
Voices of Radio Newscaster, Zanti Regent and Zanti Commander (Robert Johnson)
Voice of Zanti Prisoner (Vic Perrin)
Written by Joseph Stefano
Directed by Leonard Horn
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

15. The Mice

Original airdate: 1/06/64
Production dates: 28 Oct-5 Nov 63

A convicted murderer volunteers to be teleported to another planet in an inhabitant-exchange program with alien beings.

Cast:
Chino Rivera (Henry Sliva)
Dr. Julia Harrison (Diana Sands)
Dr. Thomas Kellander (MIchael Higgins)
Dr. Robert Richardson (Ronald Foster)
Haddon (Don Ross)
Goldsmith (Gene Tyburn)
Chromoite (Hugh Langtry)
Prison Warden (Frances DeSales)
Dr. Williams (Dabney Coleman)
Chromo Transmission Voice (Robert Johnson)
Written by Joseph Stefano
Based on the script "Exchange Student", by Bill S. Ballinger
Story idea by Lou Morheim
Teleplay credited to Ballinger and Stefano
Directed by Alan Crosland Jr.
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

16. Controlled Experiment

Original airdate: 1/13/64
Production dates: 27 Jun-2 Jul 63

Inquisitive Martians study the uniquely human custom of murder with a "time machine" that can slow down and play back events.

Cast:
Senior Solar System Inspector Phobos-One (Barry Morse)
Accredited Earth Caretaker Diemos (Carrol O'Connor)
Carla Duveen (Grace Lee Whitney)
Bert Hamil (Robert Fortier)
Arleen Schnable (Linda Hutchins)
Voice of Martion Computer Control (Leslie Stevens)
Written and Directed by Leslie Stevens
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

17. Don't Open Till Doomsday

Original airdate: 1/20/64
Production dates: 26 Nov-5 Dec 63

An alien requires the assistance of human beings to carry out his mission — the annihilation of the universe!

18. ZZZZZ

Original airdate: 1/27/64
Production dates: 15 Nov-5 Dec 63

A highly intelligent colony of bees produces a queen capable of assuming human form and intent on mating with an entomologist in a takeover bid.

19. The Invisibles

Original airdate: 2/03/64
Production dates: 6-14 Nov 63

Alien parasites take over the bodies of influential human beings in an attempt to overthrow the governments of the world.

Package notes:

"You do not know these men. You may have looked at them, but you did not see them. They are newspapers blowing down a gutter on a windy night...Today, finally, they will join the hu — I almost said the human race. And that would have been a half-truth. For the race they are joining...is only half-human..."

"Heros die alone" is the credo by which secret government agent Spain (Don Gordon) operates. A loner in enemy territory, he infiltrates the ranks of the invisibles — a subversive underground society of the nation's power brokers who are possessed by alien parasites (one of whom is played by "Family Feud"'s Richard Dawson).

Pushed to the razor's edge of endurance, Spain fights a brutal, suspense-laden battle against the spread of the alien infection. Considered among the most unnerving of all "Outer Limits" episodes, writer/producer Joseph Stefano epitomized the effect as "one of overall, pervading evil."

20. The Bellero Shield

Original airdate: 2/10/64
Production dates: 6-16 Dec 63

A scientist's laser, aimed at the heavens, provides the means for an angelic alien (John Hoyt) to descend to Earth. At first it protects itself with a device that generates an invisible shield, but soon dispenses with the device as it comes to trust the human hosts. This proves to be a grave error, for the scientist's scheming wife (Sally Kellerman) shoots the being and steals his shield, intending to present it to the world as the invention of her brilliant husband (Martin Landau). When she throws the shield around herself, however, she's unable to deactivate it. Trapped, and with a limited amount of air within the shield, she breaks down and confesses her crime. Suddenly the dying alien appears, and its last act is to deactivate the shield, but the experience has driven the woman mad.

21. The Children Of Spider County

Original airdate: 2/17/64
Production dates: 6-13 Jan 64

An alien beings returns to Earth to claim five young geniuses, born of human women but sired by alien fathers.

22. Specimen: Unknown

Original airdate: 2/24/64
Production dates: 12-20 Aug 63

Alien spores which mature into flowers that emit a lethal gas are brought to Earth.

Package notes:

"Specimen: Unknown," The Outer Limits' highest-rated episode ever, features a young Dabney Coleman as Lieutenant Rupert Howard, a scientist assigned to the Project Adonis space station.

When he discovers strange life forms clinging to the walls of the space lab, he removes several of the mushroom-shaped "space barnacles" and incubates them for examination. They quickly mature into huge white flowers and, without warning, spray Howard with fresh spores and a lethal vapor.

The incident triggers an investigation which is delayed by a shift in space station personnel. By the time anyone realizes the plants are deadly, they are already aboard a shuttle bound for earth with a new crew. It is interesting to note that this episode aired 15 years before Alien.

Cast:
Col. J. T. MacWilliams (Stephen McNally)
Capt. Mike Doweling (Richard Jaeckal)
Major Clark Benedict (Russell Johnson)
Lt. Kenneth Gavin (Arthur Batanides)
Lt. Gordon Halper (Peter Baldwin)
Lt. Rupert Lawrence Howard (Dabney Coleman)
Janet Doweling (Gail Kobe)
Major Nathan Jennings (John Kellogg)
Sergeant (Walt Davis)
Project Adonis Intercom Voice (Robert Johnson)
Written by Stephen Lord
Additional material by Joseph Stefano
Prologue by Leslie Stevens
Directed by Gerd Oswald
Prologue directed by Robert H. Justman
Assistant Director: Lee H. Katzin
Director of Photography: Conrad Hall

23. Second Chance

Original airdate: 3/02/64
Production dates: 22-28 Jan 64

An amusement park spaceship is converted into the real thing and unsuspecting patrons are shanghaied into space by an alien.

24. Moonstone

Original airdate: 3/09/64
Production dates: 5-12 Sep 63

Lunar base personnel come between a globe containing alien intelligences and the alien leaders.

Cast:
Prof. Diana Brice (Ruth Roman)
Gen. Lee Stocker (Alex Nicol)
Major Clint Anderson (Tim O'Connor)
Dr. Phillip Mendl (Curt Conway)
Lt. Ernie Travers (Hari Rhodes)
Grippian Voice (Ben Wright)
Scanner Unit Voice (Vic Perrin)
Written by William Bast
Story material by Joseph Stefano and Lou Morheim
Directed by Robert Florey
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

25. The Mutant

Original airdate: 3/16/64
Production dates: 15-21 Jan 64

Radioactive rainfall transforms a man into a being with the power to kill at a touch.

26. The Guests

Original airdate: 3/23/64
Production dates: 6-13 Feb 64

A brooding alien keeps humans captive in a Gothic mansion where time stands still.

27. Fun And Games

Original airdate: 3/30/64
Production dates: 30 Jan-6 Feb 64

Aliens pit a human couple against a pair of savage creatures from another planet, with the fate of the contestants' home world at stake.

Package notes:

"There was a moment in time when those who were brilliant and powerful also were playful...they replenished their darker passions with fun and games. On the planet Earth, such games have been civilized, and drained of all but their last few drops of blood..."

The Senator, a sporting alien representing the citizenry of planet Andera, abducts ex-boxer Mike Benson (Nick Adams) and troubled divorcee Laura Hanley (Nancy Malone), "electroporting" them to a distant, neutral planet.

On this "arena planet," they are pitted in battle against two huge, hissing, primitive alien beasts from the Calco Galaxy. The goal of this hideous contest is survival. The stakes are the home planet of each team, with the world of the losers to be obliterated in a display lasting five years — all for the further enjoyment of the bloodthirsty Anderans!

28. The Special One

Original airdate: 4/06/64
Production dates: 26 Feb-4 Mar 64

Humanoid aliens posing as tutors for gifted children begin indoctrinating young geniuses in a scheme to conquer Earth.

29. A Feasibility Study

Original airdate: 4/13/64
Production dates: 5-12 Aug 63
The Feasibility Study (working title)

Six suburban blocks are teleported overnight to the distant planet Luminos. The Luminoids need slaves because a disease on the planet has rendered them immobile. The kidnapped humans are a test group; if enough of them prove immune to the disease, the entire population of Earth will be teleported to Luminos. But if a majority dies, then the Luminoids will look elsewhere for labor. A few members of the community do become infected, but not enough for humans to fail the test. In a moving conclusion, the healthy join hands with the sick, deliberately infecting themselves so that the Luminoids will spare Earth's population.

Cast:
Dr. Simon Holm (Sam Wanamaker)
Andrea Holm (Phyllis Love)
Ralph Cashman (David Opatoshu)
Rhea Cashman (Joyce Van Patten)
Voice of the Authority (Ben Wright)
The Authority (Robert Justman)
Father Fontanna (Frank Puglia)
Teenaged Luminoid (Glenn Gannon)
Written by Joseph Stefano
Directed by Byron Haskin
Assistant Director: Robert Justman
Director of Photography: John Nickolaus

30. Production And Decay Of Strange Particles

Original airdate: 4/20/64
Production dates: 19-25 Feb 64

A nuclear reactor goes out of control and releases a flood of energy creatures from another dimension.

31. The Chameleon

Original airdate: 4/27/64
Production dates: 5-11 Mar 64
The Seamaness Drug, also The Drug (original titles)

A man impersonates an alien to infiltrate a party of creatures in a downed spacecraft.

32. The Forms Of Things Unknown

Original airdate: 5/04/64
Production dates: 2-21 Jan 64
The Unknown (pilot version title)
Lovers and Madmen (working title)

Two women (Vera Miles and Barbara Rush) murder the evil man who "keeps" them in riches and flee in the dead man's Rolls-Royce, with the body stashed in the trunk. Seeking refuge from a storm, they come upon a Gothic mansion inhabited by an eccentric genius (David McCallum), who has brought himself back from the dead with an elaborate "time-tilting" apparatus. Later, he brings back to life the dead man in the car. The series' most experimental episode, with bizarre, disorienting camerawork.


SECOND SEASON

33. Soldier

Original airdate: 9/19/64
Production dates: 3-10 Jul 64

Synopsis:

A soldier from the future is caught in a time warp and sent back into the present — with the enemy not far behind.

Storyline:

A quirk in Time lands an Earth Soldier of the future back in our present time. He's armed with an incredible weapon and an exaggerated instinct to kill. Government authorities apprehend him and hold him in custody for examination. They discover that he's the "ultimate soldier", trained exclusively for the purpose to destroy his enemy. The Enemy?...another futuristic soldier, who is also on Earth and stalking him.

Befriended by a scientist, the Soldier is taken into his home. Later, armed with a rifle, he runs amuck. But he is persuaded not to harm anyone. Finally, the Enemy appears bearing a futuristic weapon and mortal combat ensues.

Package notes:

Somewhere in Earth's distant future: on a blasted, radioactive no-man's-land, two soldiers battle in a crossfire of death beams, and a bizarre time-warp is created. Wrenched out of the future, flung back in time to today, Qarlo (Michael Ansara) is a killing machine without a war.

In Harlan Ellison's first-ever science fiction teleplay (based on his own short story), language expert Tom Kagan (Lloyd Nolan) is given the job of taming this savage beast. But is it possible to change a man born, bred and brainwashed to worship violence? Or is it all just a nightmarish glimpse into our own future?

Starring:
Lloyd Nolan as Kagan
Michael Ansara as Qarlo
Tim O'Connor as Tanner
Cast:
Ralph Hart as Loren
Jill Hill as Toni
Alan Jaffe as Enemy
Marlowe Jensen as Sgt. Berry
Catherine McLeod as Abby Kagan
Written by Harlan Ellison, adapted from his short story
Some material by Seeleg Lester
Directed by Gerd Oswald

34. Cold Hands, Warm Heart

Original airdate: 9/26/64
Production dates: 25 Jun-2 Jul 64

Synopsis:

Following a successful orbit around the planet Venus, an astronaut finds he is beginning to look like a nightmarish creature he saw there.

Storyline:

Astronaut, Jeff Barton returns from a successful and much-heralded orbit of the planet Venus. His heroic exploit earns him full command of a proposed space flight to colonize Mars. But before funds for the project can be appropriated, General Barton must appear before the Senate Committee, with a complete report.

All is well, until unexpected physiological changes begin to occur which dramatically affect Barton's appearance and well-being. In a dream, he relives an encounter with a Venus Creature he is beginning to resemble. All the facilities of space medicine are applied to effect a cure. They are only partially successful until coupled with the power of love manifest by the astronaut's wife. If he recovers in time to testify convincingly to the Senate Committee, he'll write a new chapter in Men's history in space.

Starring:
William Shatner as Jeff
Geraldine Brooks as Ann
Lloyd Gough as Gen. Claiborne
Malachi Throne as Dr. Mike
Dean Harens as Medicine
Cast:
James Sikking as Botany
Lawrence Montaigne as Construction
Henry Scott as Electronics
Julian Burton as Reporter
Peter Madsen as Reporter
Written by Dan Ullman
Directed by Charles Hass

35. Behold Eck!

Original airdate: 10/03/64
Production dates: 28 Jul-4 Aug 64

Synopsis:

An optometrist fashions lenses from meteoric quartz which enables him to observe a two-dimensional being.

Storyline:

Quite by chance, eye-specialist James Stone fashions several pairs of glasses which enable his patients to see an otherwise invisible horrendous, two dimensional monster. The creature attacks each patient, not to do him harm but merely to take away his glasses. Using his own pair of special lenses, Dr. Stone discovers that all the creature wants is to find a way back to the outer world, whence he came accidentally. Failure to close this door within hours will mean the destruction of Earth.

Dr. Stone, working frantically to make more lenses, is thwarted when the creature suddenly becomes visible to all and panic ensues. As the city's security forces trap the creature in a blazing room, Dr. Stone works feverishly to save him, so he can close the fateful doors that threaten the earth. The doctor succeeds. The kindly creature survives, completes grinding the lenses and enables the harmless monster to return to his two dimensional world.

Starring:
Peter Lind Hayes as Dr. James Stone
Joan Freeman as Elizabeth Dunn
Cast:
Parley Baer as Dr. Bernard Stone
Douglas Henderson as Detective Lt. Runyan
Sammy Reese as George Wilkerson
Marcel Hebert as Miss Willet
Paul Sorensen as Grayson
Richard Gittings as TV Newscaster
Jack Wilson as Sergeant Jackson
Teleplay by John Mantley
Story by William R. Cox
Directed by Byron Haskin

36. Expanding Human

Original airdate: 10/10/64
Production dates: 21-28 Aug 64

Synopsis:

A professor experimenting with consciousness-expanding drugs becomes capable of turning himself into a superman.

Storyline:

Roy Clinton, a university professor experiments with a drug that expands human consciousness. The drug not only increases Clinton°s awareness and sensitivity, but also changes his appearance, gives him hypnotic power, as well as super-human strength. The effect of the drug endangers Clinton — Dr. Peer Wayne, Clinton's brother-in-law and associate — as well as all the lives oi those around him.

Starring:
Skip Homeier as Dr. Roy Clinton
Keith Andes as Dr. Peter Wayne
James Doohan as Police Lieut. Branch
Cast:
Vaughn Taylor as Dean Flint
Aki Aleong as Akada
Mary Gregory as Apartment Manager
Barbara Wilkin as Susan Wayne
Robert Doyle as Marc Lake
Shirley O'Hara as Receptionist
Peter Duryea as Morrow
Jason Wingreen as Coroner Leland
Michael Falcon as Elevator Operator
Owen McGivney as Night Watchman
Troy Melton as Det. Sgt. Alger
Written by Francis Cockrell
Directed by Gerd Oswald

37. Demon With A Glass Hand

Original airdate: 10/17/64
Production dates: 31 Aug-7 Sep 64

Synopsis:

Robert Culp stars as a man from the future with no memory, who is being pursued by mysterious alien invaders, also from the future, in an abandoned office block. One of his hands is a talking, computerized prothesis that is missing three fingers. It can tell him what to do, but it cannot tell him who he is or why the aliens are trying to kill him until its missing fingers are restored — and they are in the possession of the aliens. Culp hunts the aliens down one by one and wrests the missing fingers from them. With the fingers plugged in, the hand can at last reveal Culp's identity and purpose. He is an android and stored on a wire in his hand is the entire Earth population, converted to electrical impulses to escape alien invasion. An imaginative script by Harlan Ellison.

Storyline:

Alien soldiers from the distant future of the Universe invade Earth via a time-mirror. Their mission: capture the last homo sapien to survival a war that's to occur in the future between Earth and the invaders.

The single Earth survivor appears to be normal in all respects save one...His right hand is glass and contains a computer-brain which holds the secret of where the future generations of Earthmen are hiding after the holocaust. But several fingers of the hand are missing. When the hand is finally assembled, it reveals the true identity of the Last Man on Earth.

Package notes:

In a role written for him by famed sci-fi writer, Harlan Ellison, Robert Culp stars as Trent, an intent, enigmatic man from the future who escapes back into our present. Pursued by the Kybe — an alien race which has conquered future Earth — the fate of all humankind lies in Trent's glass hand.

Trapped in a dilapidated office building (the same building where much of "Blade Runner" was shot), Trent battles the Kyben as both sides fight for survival. This tension-filled, visually fascinating episode won Ellison the Writers Guild Award for Outstanding Script for a Television Anthology.

Starring:
Robert Culp as Trent
Co-Starring:
Arline Martel as Consuelo
Abraham Sofaer as Arch
Featuring:
Rex Holman as Battle
Steve Harris as Breech
Robert Fortier as Budge
Written by Harlan Ellison
Directed by Byron Haskin

38. Cry Of Silence

Original airdate: 10/24/64
Production dates: 10-17 Sep 64
Mind Over Matter (original title)

Synopsis:

A disembodied alien intelligence inhabits and animates tumbleweeds in an attempt to establish communication with humans in a desert canyon.

Storyline:

Andy and Karen Thorne drive to remote Wild Canyon to inspect some farmland they're thinking of buying. En route, their car stalls — they've been roadblocked and surrounded by animated tumbleweeds!

Farmer Lamont discovers the beleaguered couple and rescues them. Driving them back to his farmhouse, he reveals that a meteor-like object recently plummeted to Earth in the vicinity. Andy and Karen soon realize that Lamont — like the weird tumbleweeds — is possessed by an alien power. Andy puts himself in jeopardy in an effort to unravel the unearthly mystery of Wild Canyon.

Starring:
Eddie Albert as Andy Thorne
June Havoc as Karen Thorne
Co-Starring:
Arthur Hunnicutt as Lamont
Teleplay by Robert C. Dennis
Story by Louis Charbonneau
Directed by Charles Haas

39. The Invisible Enemy

Original airdate: 10/31/64
Production dates: 13-20 Jul 64

Synopsis:

An expedition to Mars is menaced by reptilian creatures who dwell in a sea of sand and move through it like water.

Storyline:

A flight to Mars succeeds — but the astronauts don't come back home. A second expedition sets out to discover why the first men on Mars landed safely but never returned. They find wreckage of the first craft but there's no sign of life. One of the crew mysteriously disappears in a sea of sand. A trace of blood leads the crew to suspect an invisible enemy.

Investigation of the strange sea imperils the flight Commander and his crew exert heroic efforts to save him from a horde of monsters that inhabits the region.

Package notes:

Two astronauts travel to Mars, but never return home. A second expedition is sent to find out why, and two crew members are mysteriously suctioned into the sand shortly after arrival. Only Mission Commander Merritt (Adam West, "Batman," "Robinson Crusoe on Mars") and his Captain are left — with the shocking realization that their "invisible enemy' is really a band of man-eating sand sharks! When Merritt gets marooned in the middle of the shark-infested sand pool, a safe return to the ship seems impossible. With only minutes left to blast-off, Merritt must outsmart his deadly opponents — or never see Earth again!

Starring:
Adam West as Major Merritt
Rudy Solari as Captain Buckley
Co-Starring:
Joe Maross as General Winston
Ted Knight as Mr. Jerome
Chris Alcaide as Colonel Danvers
With:
Anthony Costello as Lieutenant Bowman
Bob DoQui as Lieutenant Johnson
Peter Marko as Captain Lazzari
Mike Mikler as Captain Thomas
Written by Jerry Sohl
Directed by Byron Haskin

40. Wolf 359

Original airdate: 11/07/64
Production dates: 5-12 Aug 64

Synopsis:

The environment of a distant planet, reproduced in a laboratory experiment, gives rise to an entity that draws the life-force from other living things.

Storyline:

Professor Jonathan Meridith reproduces a planet in miniature and introduces the DNA factor: life. Evolutionary forces on the planet progress at such a rate that life on the small planet soon advances in time to the present day. Further evolution, beyond the present, reveals what life on Earth has in store for mankind.

Electronic photos of the microcosm's "future" show the existence of a grotesque monster of violence, on the planet. The creature escapes the laboratory and attacks the scientist. Meridith's quick-witted wife, witnessing the attack, goes into action to save her husband and — possibly — the world.

Starring:
Patrick 0'Neal as Jonathan Meridith
Sara Shane as Ethel Meridith
Cast:
Peter Haskell as Peter Jellicoe
Ben Wright as Philip Exeter Dundee
Dabney Coleman as James Custer
Teleplay by Seeleg Lester
Story by Seeleg Lester & Richard Landau
Directed by Laslo Benedek

41. "I, Robot"

Original airdate: 11/14/64
Production dates: 18-25 Sep 64

Synopsis:

An adaptation of a story by Eando Binder about a robot who is put on trial for the alleged murder of his creator.

Storyline:

Dr. Charles Link, a small town research scientist constructs a robot. Link's murdered. The robot, Adam, is blamed and declared to be a Frankenstein monster. Grotesque in size and make-up only, Adam as computer-like brain that affords him a gentle personality and most human capabilities.

Apprehended, the robot is threatened with destruction by authorities. Nina, Link's niece, gets a defense attorney, Thurman Cutler, to force the matter into court for an official judgment in a trial without precedent.

Starring:
Howard da Silva as Thurman Cutler
Co-Starring:
Ford Rainey as D.A. Thomas Coyle
Marianna Hill as Nina
Leonard Nimoy as Judson Ellis
John Hoyt as Professor Hebbel
Featuring:
Robert Sorrells as Fred
Hugh Sanders as Sheriff Barclay
Mary Jackson as Mrs. McCrae
Peter Brocco as Professor "Doc" Link
Ken Drake as The Judge
Christine Matchett as Evie
Red Morgan as Robot - Adam [uncredited]
Teleplay by Robert C. Dennis
Story by Eando Binder
Directed by Leon Benson

42. The Inheritors, Part I

Original airdate: 11/21/64
Production dates: 28 Sep-13 Oct 64
The Hui Tan Project (scripted)

Synopsis:

"The Outer Limits'" only two-part effort follows the actions of four men who, wounded in action in Vietnam by bullets made from the ore of a meteorite, have each developed a kind of "second brain" that has boosted their IQs to genius level and linked their consciousnesses together to form a "group mind". The four men are being driven against their will by this "group mind" to collaborate on a mysterious project which entails the kidnapping of a number of handicapped children. In the end, it is revealed that the "group mind" is a guiding alien intelligence and that the project they have completed is a spacecraft in which the blind can see, the mute can speak and the lame can walk.

Storyline:

A meteor crashes in Hui Tan Province. From its ore, handmade bullets are molded and find their way to battle.

Four soldiers of the opposing army fall, all from identical wounds in the head. Such injuries usually prove fatal — however, not so in these cases. The men recover...and disappear!

Adam Ballard, investigating, learns that each victim has gained a new IQ with genius rating — apparently the result of brain transplant. Tracing one victim — Lieut. Minns — to Wall Street, Ballard sees him amassing fortunes in money and disbursing it to all corners of the world. Trailing the lines of communication taken by the money, Ballard discovers the geniuses hard at work — as if possessed — on a scientific project dealing, primarily, with Earth's children!

Starring:
Robert Duvall as Adam Ballard
Donald Harron as Art Harris
James Shigeta as Aio Captain Newa
Co-Starring:
Steve Ihnat as Lt. Minns
Ivan Dixon as Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock as Francis Hadley, P.F.C.
James Frawley as Robert Renaldo
Featuring:
Ted de Corsia as Randolph E. Branch
Dabbs Greer as E.F. Larkin
Robert J. Nelson as The Surgeon
Kim Hector as Johnny Subiron
Robert Cinder as Jessup
William Winterside as Prof. Andrew Whitsett
Sy Prescott as The Guard
Linda Hutchings as The Nurse
Leon Askin as Shop Superintendant
Teleplay by Seeleg Lester and Sam Newman
Story by Sam Newman, Seeleg Lester and Ed Adamson
Directed by James Goldstone

43. The Inheritors, Part II

Original airdate: 11/28/64
Production dates: 28 Sep-13 Oct 64
The Pied Piper Project (scripted)

Storyline:

Four soldiers have been turned into scientific geniuses as the result of gunshot wounds from four identical bullets. The missiles were made from ore in a meteorite. Investigator Adam Ballard discovers the men engaged in a mysterious project, key to which seems to be a number of children. The genius's leader, Lieutenant Minns, kidnaps several kids and takes them to the site of spaceship construction. Ballard's attempts to interfere with an obvious kidnap attempt are foiled by the scientists... When the children finally go aboard, the true purpose of the project is revealed.

Starring:
Robert Duvall as Adam Ballard
Donald Harron as Art Harris
Co-Starring:
Steve Ihnat as Lt. Minns
Ivan Dixon as Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock as Francis Hadley, P.F.C.
James Frawley as Robert Renaldo
Featuring:
Ted de Corsia as Randolph E. Branch
Jan Shutan as Mrs. Subiron
Joanne Stewart as Miss Steen
Paulle Clark as Second Nurse
David Brady as Danny Masters
Kim Hector as Johnny Subiron
Suzanne Cupito as Minerva

44. Keeper Of The Purple Twilight

Original airdate: 12/05/64
Production dates: 13-20 Aug 64

Synopsis:

An alien scientist provides the key to a scientific equation in exchange for the emotions of an Earth scientist.

Storyline:

Scientiest Eric Plummer comes under the sinister influence of a creature from outer space. It's capable of materializing in human form but lacks human emotions. Plummer agrees to exchange his emotions for scientific data known only to the creature. The monster takes commend of the scientist's emotions but has great difficulty in understanding such things as love and beauty, which are unknown in his totally physical world.

With the data, Plummer harnesses a fantastic energy source and fashions a weapon capable of destroying all life. The creature begins to feel compassion for humanity and returns the scientist's emotions to him.

...and is now vulnerable to attack by those of his own weird world who resent his defection.

Package notes:

The lack of two crucial equations needed to complete his magnetic disintegrator drives scientist Eric Plummer (Warren Stevens) to the brink of suicide. When a dispassionate alien creature, Ikar (Robert Webber), suddenly appears and offers the answers, Plummer readily accepts, but in return must surrender to the alien all of his emotions — including love. But why does the alien want the project completed? Is he working alone? And is he as immune to human emotions as he thinks he is? For the answers, you'll have to take a trip to "The Outer Limits."

Starring:
Robert Webber as Ikar
Co-Starring:
Warren Stevens as Eric Plummer
Gail Kobe as Janet
Curt Conway as Franklin Karlin
Edward C. Platt as David Hunt
Teleplay by Milton Krims
Story by Stephen Lord
Directed by Charles Haas

45. The Duplicate Man

Original airdate: 12/19/64
Production dates: 15-22 Oct 64

Synopsis:

A savage creature smuggled to Earth escapes, and the scientist responsible has a duplicate of himself made to kill it.

Storyline:

Henderson James, a Twenty-First Century space anthropologist, secretly studies a strange animal from another planet. Captain Karl Emmett, a retired interplanetary explorer, had smuggled the creature back to Earth in spite of the 1976 ban on importation. The creature, a Megasoid, possesses intelligence higher than man's but it is obsessed with only one emotion...hate.

When the creature escapes its confinement, James has the Federal Duplication Bureau create an exact duplicate of his human body for the sole purpose of finding and killing the creature. The two Henderson Jameses, original and duplicate, soon find themselves endangered not by the Megasoid but by each other.

Starring:
Ron Randell as Henderson James
Co-Starring:
Constance Towers as Laura James
Cast:
Mike Lane as Megasoid
Steven Geray as Jerichau
Konstantin Shayne as The Gardner
Alan Gifford as The Guide
Jeffrey Stone as The Cop
Jonathan Hole as The Pedestrian
Ivy Bethune as Miss Thorsen
Sean McClory as Karl Emmett
Teleplay by Robert C. Dennis
Story by Clifford Simak
Directed by Gerd Oswald

46. Counterweight

Original airdate: 12/26/64
Production dates: 21-27 Jul 64

Synopsis:

Six people volunteer to undergo a simulated space voyage to another world, unaware that an alien presence from the target world is on board.

Storyline:

A group of carefully selected passengers board a space ship for a simulated flight to a distant planet. A panic button is the only contact they'll have with the outside world for the duration. Pressing it will end the flight. The long confinement plays upon their nerves and the interplay of their emotions. Gradually fear spreads throughout the group.

Fear gives way to panic when an alien influence actually invades the ship. The alien power fears that its own security is in jeopardy if the research continues. Seizing one of the passengers, the "power" tries to force him to push the "panic button" to end the experiment.

Starring:
Michael Constantine as Joe Dix
Jacqueline Scott as Alicia Hendrix
[At end of episode]
Michael Lint was played by Charles Radilac
Keith Ellis was played by Larry Ward
Alicia Hendrix was played by Jacqueline Scott
Joe Dix was played by Michael Constantine
Captain Branson was played by Stephen Joyce
Dr. Matthew James was played by Crahan Denton
"Maggie" O'Hara was played by Shary Marshall
Henry Craif was played by Sandy Kenyon
Teleplay by Milton Krims
Story by Jerry Sohl
Directed by Paul Stanley

47. The Brain Of Colonel Barham

Original airdate: 1/02/65
Production dates: 23-30 Oct 64
The Brain of Donald Duncan (original title)

Synopsis:

A rehash of the sci-fi movie "Donovan's Brain" with a dying astronaut's brain surgically removed and connected to a computer.

Storyline:

Brilliant space explorer Colonel Alex Barham is about to die of a fatal disease. As part of a scientific project developed by Dr. Rahm and despite the protests of Mrs. Barham and army psychologist Colonel McKinnon, Barham consents to having his brain transplanted in computer-like mechanical man. This advanced robot will man space flights never before undertaken. The transplant is successful. The half-human-half-robot not only talks but develops a strength and power far beyond anything the scientists had ever anticipated...and becomes a menace that all agree must be destroyed at all costs.

Starring:
Grant Williams as Major Douglas McKinnon
Elizabeth Perry as Jennifer Barham
Anthony Eisley as Col. Alex Barham
Featuring:
Douglas Kennedy as Gen. Daniel Pettit
Paul Lukather as Nichols
Martin Kosleck as Dr. Leo Hausner
Wesley Addy as Dr. Rahm
Peter Hansen as Major Locke
Robert Chadwick as Guard
Teleplay by Robert C. Dennis
Story by Sidney Ellis
Directed by Charles Haas

48. The Premonition

Original airdate: 1/09/65
Production dates: 2-9 Nov 64
Gordian Knot (original title)

Synopsis:

A mysterious suspension of time gives a test pilot and his wife a glimpse of existence between once instant and the next.

Storyline:

Under instructions from flight control director Baldwin, test pilot Jim Darcy executes a maneuver which causes his supersonic plan to exceed heretofore known velocities. The plane goes out of control... Darcy prepares for a crash landing...and, at the same time his wife is racing to the scene. Suddenly,...time stands still. The world about them is frozen.

Darcy's guess that a "time barrier" has been broken is confirmed when a "limbo" creature appears and threatens to prevent the Darcys from returning to the animate present.

Starring:
Dewey Martin as Jim Darcy
Mary Murphy as Linda Darcy
Cast:
Emma Tyson as Jane Darcy
William Bramley as "Baldy" Baldwin
Dorothy Green as Matron
Coby Denton as Sentry
Kay Kuter as Limbo Being
Teleplay by Sam Roeca and Ib Melchior
Story by Ib Melchior
Directed by Gerd Oswald

49. The Probe

Original airdate: 1/16/65
Production dates: 10-16 Nov 64

Synopsis:

The survivors of a plane crash are drawn on board a gigantic alien space probe.

Storyline:

Pilot "Cobe" Coberly heads the crew of a transoceanic cargo plane inflight to Tokyo with only one passenger, Amanda Frank. A hurricane forces the plane to ditch directly within the "eye" of the storm. The people scramble into a life raft...and run 'aground' on a strange, solid surface in mid-Pacific.

Dexter, the navigator, sets out to investigate the odd place. His distant screams are heard. Then an amorphous glob advances threatening the remaining crew. Further exploration reveals that they are all captives within a laboratory equipped with instruments and mechanization far in advance of anything known to scientists of Earth.

Starring:
Mark Ricbman as Jefferson Rome
Co-Starring:
Peggy Ann Garner as Amanda Frank [Girl]
Ron Hayes as Pilot Coberly
Cast:
William Stevens as Navigator Dexter
Richard Tretter as Radio Engineer
William Boyett as Co Pilot Beeman
Janos Prochaska as The Mikie
Teleplay by Seeleg Lester
Story by Sam Newman
Directed by Felix Feist

 

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