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"The Outer Limits" (1963) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1963-1965

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The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 17 -- The inhabitants of an airplane that crashed in the eye of a hurricane find a floating alien laboratory.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 16 -- A test pilot (Dewey Martin) and his wife are trapped in limbo after his plane exceeds previously known speeds.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 15 -- A brilliant, dying space explorer (Anthony Eisley) agrees to have his brain put into a robot body.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 14 -- Six future astronauts are put through a simulation of a long space flight.
The Outer Limits: Season 2: Episode 13 -- A 21st-century scientist duplicates himself so the double can search for an escaped alien.

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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
16 September 1963 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
There is nothing wrong with your television. Do not attempt to adjust the picture.
Plot:
An anthology series of insightful science fiction tales. Full summary »
Awards:
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Alas the plight of a unicorn See more (61 total) »

Cast

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Vic Perrin ... Control Voice / ... (28 episodes, 1963-1965)
Bob Johnson ... Anthean / ... (11 episodes, 1963-1964)
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Series Directed by
Gerd Oswald (14 episodes, 1963-1965)
Byron Haskin (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leslie Stevens (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Charles F. Haas (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Laslo Benedek (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
James Goldstone (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leonard Horn (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul Stanley (3 episodes, 1964)
John Brahm (2 episodes, 1964)
Alan Crosland Jr. (2 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Writing credits
Leslie Stevens (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Joseph Stefano (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lou Morheim (5 episodes, 1964)
Robert C. Dennis (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Seeleg Lester (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Meyer Dolinsky (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Sam Neuman (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Allan Balter (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Louis Charbonneau (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Anthony Lawrence (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Robert Mintz (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ed Adamson (2 episodes, 1964)
Harlan Ellison (2 episodes, 1964)
Milton Krims (2 episodes, 1964)
Stephen Lord (2 episodes, 1964)
Jerry Sohl (2 episodes, 1964)

Series Produced by
Leslie Stevens .... executive producer (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Joseph Stefano .... producer (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
Leon Chooluck .... associate producer (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ben Brady .... producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Sam White .... associate producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Lou Morheim .... associate producer (12 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Original Music by
Dominic Frontiere (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Lubin (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert Van Eps (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Cinematography by
Kenneth Peach (25 episodes, 1964-1965)
Conrad L. Hall (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco (18 episodes, 1963-1965)
Fred Baratta (12 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Casting by
Meryl O'Loughlin (11 episodes, 1964)
Harvey Clermont (3 episodes, 1965)
 
Series Art Direction by
Jack Poplin (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Chester Bayhi (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Makeup Department
Fred B. Phillips .... makeup supervision (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Production Management
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... production manager (22 episodes, 1963-1964)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... production manager (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Robert H. Justman .... production manager (9 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (20 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lee H. Katzin .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1963-1964)
Claude Binyon Jr. .... assistant director (7 episodes, 1963-1964)
William P. Owens .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1964)
Phil Rawlins .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1964)
Gregg Peters .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Art Department
Richard M. Rubin .... properties (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Sound Department
Arthur Cornell .... sound effects editor (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Jay Ashworth .... sound mixer (45 episodes, 1963-1965)
Ralph Butler .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Special Effects by
Thol Simonson .... special effects (16 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (15 episodes, 1963-1964)
Pat Dinga .... special effects (11 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Paul LeBaron .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ralph Rodine .... special photographic effects: Project Unlimited, Inc. (24 episodes, 1963-1964)
M.B. Paul .... optical effects unit (16 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Stunts
George Robotham .... stunt double: Paul Lukather / stunt double: Sean McClory (2 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Maak .... key grip (45 episodes, 1963-1965)
Norman C. McClay .... chief set electrician (27 episodes, 1963-1965)
Lloyd Garnell .... chief set electrician (21 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jack Boyd .... key grip (3 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Casting Department
Meryl O'Loughlin .... casting consultant (12 episodes, 1964)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Forrest T. Butler .... costumer (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
Sabine Manela .... costumer (48 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard K. Brockway .... supervising film editor / supervising editor (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
 
Series Music Department
John Elizalde .... music supervisor (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
Roger A. Farris .... music coordinator (32 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Caper Jr. .... music supervisor (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Dominic Frontiere .... composer: "Outer Limits" theme / composer: theme (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
 
Series Other crew
Elaine Michea .... production coordinator (49 episodes, 1963-1965)
Hope McLachlin .... script supervisor (40 episodes, 1963-1964)
Dominic Frontiere .... production executive (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
Lou Morheim .... story consultant (31 episodes, 1963-1964)
John Erman .... production associate / assistant to producer (19 episodes, 1963-1964)
Seeleg Lester .... associate / story consultant (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
B. Ritchie Payne .... assistant to producer (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
Calvin Ward .... coordinator (13 episodes, 1964-1965)
Tom Selden .... assistant to producer (12 episodes, 1964)
George Rutter .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Helen Gailey .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1963)
Robert Gary .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1964)
 

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Trivia:
Many scenes and some entire episodes of the series were filmed on location at series creator Joseph Stefano's home called Villa Di Stefano, from which the production company took its name.See more »
Quotes:
The Control Voice:There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We can reduce the focus to a soft blur...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Brain Leeches (1978)See more »

FAQ

Are any of the original eps linked to the 1995 series?
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Alas the plight of a unicorn, 30 May 2004
Author: hung_fao_tweeze from Omaha, Nebraska

Let me take you back. Let me pull you there. A male human child of 6 cycles. It is 1963. Dad was cool and suggested we watch this new 'weirdo' show. We did that sort of thing together - bonding, don't you know? From the very first second the show was unlike anything I had ever seen before. 'The Twilight Zone' tried this with mixed results. But this set up? We just lost control of our TV sets and 'they' were going to show us something - 'awe and mystery'. I'm all for that. Yet this was different. The visuals combined with the truly subversively semi-subliminal (I hope) sound effects - very compelling. It pulled you right in, teased and hypnotized. Then that gut wrenching music slowly wanders in and disorients. Hurry up commercial! Get over! (Commercials were somewhat shorter back then as I recall)

I believe the first episode, which I haven't seen in years, started right from the sine-wave intro. I also recall it as being a bit longer with the first episode. I could be wrong. These were on TV and - you know - TV takes liberties. Later episodes started right in in the action to tease you for what's to come. Then - crescendo of surprise, awe and mystery - the 'sine-wave- intro. This technique later adopted by such peers as 'The X-files'.

Folks! The original Outer Limits intro was fun! It was almost art. I like the 'new' Outer Limits on occasion - but that intro of theirs? I can't wait til it's over.

Then we have those stories. A child of 6 expects monsters to be monsters. Many of these monsters - each horrific in a surprisingly memorable way - turned out to be well-meaning or benign. That will certainly screw with the perceptive 6 year old mind. So, the monster under my bed might not be a monster at all? Wow!

Yes, those stories assisted by the most symbiotic music I had heard at the time. Those dirges piped in at just the right moment, working the mood into a niche, and making the plot point. You know, we, the audience, were being seduced by the notes to 'listen up! You might learn something'. The second season unfortunately lost these tunes and were replaced by this wavering 1950-ish B-movie ilk. I shouldn't bash it. It wasn't bad - it just wasn't the Frontiere-groove anymore, man.

I could adorn each episode with praises. Even a bad one was better for me than anything else on TV then. If they were on today I would still watch a bad episode. They still made you consider your place in the Universe. Sometimes they even scared the crap out of you. But the good episodes were gems! Those creatures were fantastic. At the time the station edited 'Architects Of Fear' so we never got to see the creature since it was deemed too scary. The story still held together even without the extra boost a fearsome face would provide. Many years later I finally saw what the creature looked like. I can see why the stations did what they did for that innocent era. I probably would have screamed myself to sleep. 'Zanti Misfits' had me doing that anyway. The 'Bellero Shield' had me upset for years. I think I actually understood the ending at 6 years old.

So, I am not going to keep listing episodes. You know who you are. I like them all and will be owning them in my library.

Bottomline, folks! If you haven't seen any of these - DO! Unfortunately short-lived these early episodes are a one-of-a-kind example of good TV. Rare and perhaps extinct. A series that didn't underestimate its audience.

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