A series of mischances leads an alien to kill a human doctor, and get arrested in the small town of Carterville, Wyoming. His alien friends bungle his rescue, and the entire town sees him ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dr. Maria McKinley
Harry Townes ...
Will Hale
Ron Hayes ...
Joe Maross ...
Alien Capt. Taft
Dr. Sam Larousse
Robert Sorrells ...
Deputy Jim
Alien Air Force Major McEvoy
Hank Brandt ...
Joe Manners
Jon Lormer ...
Human Capt. William Taft
Wayne Heffley ...
Sergeant #2
Claudia Bryar ...


A series of mischances leads an alien to kill a human doctor, and get arrested in the small town of Carterville, Wyoming. His alien friends bungle his rescue, and the entire town sees him go up in red flames! Now, the entire town understands that aliens have come to Earth. And the aliens are desperate to keep that knowledge from spreading - so desperate that when David Vincent finds out what they plan to do, he desperately tries to strike a deal with them to stop it. If he fails, the town of Carterville may find itself under water - a lot of water. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller




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26 September 1967 (USA)  »

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Capt. Taft (James Sikking) tells his driver that David Vincent has "enough gall to be divided into three parts." This is a pun on Julius Caesar's "Commentary": "All Gaul is divided into three parts, one of which the Belgae inhabit, the Aquitani another, those who in their own language are called Celts, in ours Gauls, the third." See more »


Narrator: [Epilog Narration] Carterville, Wyoming. Principal industry: contemplation of the past. Population: 1,216 people, all unaware that they have been given back their future.
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The Secret Is Out
22 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

A whole town is in shock after seeing an alien invader burn up.

I know this series gets limited IMDb episode reviews but I was expecting at least ten reviews for this episode. But just one other review instead? Obviously, this series does not have the following of Star Trek (1966), Lost In Space (1965) or The Outer Limits (1963)...but you need to remember something...many sci-fi fans just don't know this series even exists! Because The Invaders only lasted 43 episodes, and not 80 or 90 or 100 episodes, the series was not picked up for re-runs like the others. It was only when the DVDs came out that people really started finding out about this "long lost" show.

In terms of scripting, Valley Of The Shadow stands with some of the best Outer Limits as some of the best scripted sci-fi ever made. It is also the ultimate feel-good experience as at long last a whole town of people see an alien invader burn up. Now the secret is out after all this time!

I don't wish to reveal any more. However, the town in question was actually a backlot set that was also used in Irwin Allen's The Swarm (1978). The town went from aliens to bees!

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