The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Architects of Fear 

A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat... See full summary »

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Allen Leighton
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Dr. Phillip Gainer
Martin Wolfson ...
Dr. Herschel
Geraldine Brooks ...
Yvette Leighton
Hal Bokar
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Hunter (as William Bush)
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A secret group of scientists decide to surgically alter one of their members into an 'alien', in order to convince the world that an alien invasion is imminent. They hope that such a threat will force all governments to make peace with one another. However such a complex plan has many vulnerabilities... including the wife of the volunteer. Written by Gazhack

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30 September 1963 (USA)  »

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When this episode first aired, the alien was deemed too frightening to show by several ABC affiliates. They instead showed a black screen whenever the alien appeared. See more »

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When Leighton is wheeled from the operating room to the elevator, the floor is visible. There is no break in the solid floor as one would normally see upon entering a real elevator. Obviously no elevator was actually used and the elevator doors were probably moved by hand. See more »

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Control Voice (uncredited voice played by Vic Perrin): [film footage of people running out in the streets and a missile in the sky] Is this the day? Is this the beginning of the end? There is no time for wonder, no time to ask why is it happening, why is it finally happening. There is time only for fear, for the piercing pain of panic. Do we pray now, or do we merely run now and pray later? Will there *be* a later, or is this the day?
[a mushroom cloud explodes before the film projector is shut off]
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References From Here to Eternity (1953) See more »

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This Was Probably Better In The 1960s...But Okay Now
25 June 2014 | by See all my reviews

Robert Culp has a strange operation that turns him into a muppet-like creature!

I first saw this in the 1980s when Hollywood could do better creature costumes than this! However, Limits is about scripts, acting, direction, music, etc, and the hour is okay on those levels.

Guest star Geraldine Brooks would go on to appear in one of the very best episodes of QM's The Fugitive titled - The Ivy Maze (1967) - and guest star Leonard Stone would go on to appear in two of the very silly Lost In Space episodes where he would play a colourful (or gay?) space circus owner.


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