The aliens take David Vincent up into their spaceship and then attempt to prove they have nothing but peaceful intentions by showing him what they've done to a desert valley. But all is not what it seems.



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Episode cast overview:
Nat Greely
Patricia Smith ...
Edna Greely
Capt. Mitchell Ross
Robert Doyle ...
Sgt. Walter Ruddell
Calvin Adams
Billy Stearns
Johnny Jensen ...
Young Nat Greely
Ed Poole
Erik Holland ...
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In the file room of a U.S. government base, an air force captain is forced to shoot and kill an airman who pulls a gun on him. The airman glows and disintegrates. Meanwhile, David Vincent is in Maine, trying to find a fisherman who is in possession of an alien disk. After his bizarre experience, Captain Mitchell Ross wants David to testify with him before a committee. But David knows that talk will do no good: he needs that alien disk. Later, the aliens abduct David and take him on a trip into their space ship. Incredibly, they want to convince him that they have only peaceful intentions. To prove it, they show him how they've revived and replenished a dying desert valley. But all is not what it seems. Written by J. Spurlin

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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14 March 1967 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Narrator: [Opening Narration] In a decaying lobster port in Maine, David Vincent searches for a man who has seen the Invaders: a fisherman named Nat Greely, who has taken one of their weapons - a strange, metallic disk. For a day and a half, Vincent has combed the tiny waterfront town but Nat Greely has disappeared.
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"Day the Earth Stood Still" with a little bit of Hitchcock along the way
31 October 2010 | by (Camilla, GA) – See all my reviews

"The Innocent" is one of the best in the series history. David Vincent (Roy Thinnes) travels to Maine, investigating a fisherman's tale of a spacecraft. Our hero is working at the behest of a serviceman ( a young Dabney Coleman) who "killed" an alien and needs proof to present to the government.

Vincent is captured by aliens and their leader, played by "The Day the Earth Stood Still's" Michael Rennie, shows our hero what merits that the aliens can give to mankind. Of course, things are not as they appear and soon Vincent is given a "Mickey" just like the one administered in Hitch's classic "North by Northwest." The episode has some great location shots and features a bevy of character actors, "faces" that have been seen in many genre films and television shows, among them Frank Marth, Harry Lauter, and Paul Carr.

Along with Coleman, two other actors would go on to singular recognition in other films and television shows. William Smithers would become a major foe for Larry Hagman on "Dallas" and Katherine Justice would have the distinction of being one-half of the murderous pair on the first "Columbo" film.

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