The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Children of Spider County 

A government agent seizes young supermen, who are all originally from the same small county in Maryland. All are captured, except one; Ethan, who's facing trumped-up murder charges. Ethan's... See full summary »

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Lee Kinsolving ...
Ethan Wechsler
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Aabel
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John Bartlett
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Sheriff Simon Stakefield
Bennye Gatteys ...
Anna Bishop
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Mr. Bishop
Burt Douglas ...
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Robert Osterloh ...
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Alien bastard (as Joey Tata)
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A government agent seizes young supermen, who are all originally from the same small county in Maryland. All are captured, except one; Ethan, who's facing trumped-up murder charges. Ethan's the only one who wasn't hounded out of Spider County by suspicious locals. The spooks believe the boys had the same father, though each was born to a different mother. Ethan's plotting to escape from the clutches of beady-eyed Sheriff, to avoid an old-fashioned execution. Written by David Stevens

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17 February 1964 (USA)  »

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On February 16, 1964, the Beatles made their second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a live performance from Miami Beach. The Beatles spent the following week relaxing at a private residence on nearby Star Island. On the Monday after the Sullivan performance the Beatles watched this episode with police Sgt. Buddy Dresner. Dresner used the word "zap" to describe one of the ray blasts, a word the Beatles had never heard. Dresner was later surprised to hear that they had used the word in the song "The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill" from the White Album. See more »

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When the "alien ship" was leaving earth and in space a US Air Force star logo could be seen on the tail fin of the ship. See more »

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Homeward Bound
13 March 2016 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Kent Smith stars as a mysterious alien called Aabel who has come to earth to reclaim his half-human sons who were originally left in Spider county, U.S.A., a rural and superstitious farming community that drove four of the young men out, who have already been collected. This comes to the attentions of the authorities, who send an official emissary to intercept the fifth and final man named Ethan(played by Lee Kinsolving) who has gotten into trouble with the law on a false murder charge, though with the aid of his father and a local girl who loves him, they set about getting back to his spaceship, that is if Ethan chooses to go...Interesting parable about acceptance, even if there are few surprises in the narrative.


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