The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 2

The Hundred Days of the Dragon (23 Sep. 1963)

TV Episode  |  TV-PG  |   |  Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
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The election draws near and William Lyons Selby seems destined to win. Elsewhere, the communist nation of dictator Li Kwan has achieved a remarkable breakthrough: a serum that renders human... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Lyons Selby
Phillip Pine ...
Ted Pearson
Mark Roberts ...
Bob Conner
Dr. Sui-Lin
Richard Loo ...
Li-Chin Sung
Joan Camden ...
Ann Pearson
Frank Summers
Clarence Lung ...
Maj. Ho Chi-Wong
Henry Scott ...
FBI Agent Marshall
Wen Li
James Yagi ...
Li Kwan
Nancy Rennick ...
Carol Selby Conner


The election draws near and William Lyons Selby seems destined to win. Elsewhere, the communist nation of dictator Li Kwan has achieved a remarkable breakthrough: a serum that renders human flesh plastic. A simple injection and a process of molding allows an agent to quietly murder Selby and take his place! America has elected a spy to the highest office in that nation. Selby's daughter and his aide suspect all is not right, but have no idea what the real problem is. One thing seems certain: if they can't find out soon, the problem of "who's who" is sure to widen, and America will fall to an insidious enemy without firing a shot... Written by CommanderBalok

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23 September 1963 (USA)  »

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It is interesting and somewhat prophetic that the second show "Hundred Days of the Dragon" which depicted a President of the United States covertly assassinated by a Chinese agent was aired on TV on September 23, 1963. On November 22, 1963, just 60 days later, 35th president John F. Kennedy was overtly assassinated also, even though under different circumstances. See more »


Although it is established early on that the main character played by Sidney Blackmer is supposed to be missing part of a finger, you can see clearly throughout the episode that he has no such characteristic. See more »


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So Far Fetched, Even If You Buy the Technology
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A renegade Chinese political leader finds a way to change the appearance of people so they can be substituted for important figures in the American government, in this case, a man running for President (who is likely to win the election). Problems arise when, after a successful effort to accomplish this, they get in too deep, trying to cover their tracks. Their not so subtle approach (including killing those who are suspicious) draws attention. For all their fine planning, they really screw the pooch. The dead President's daughter starts to realize that the new dad ain't quite what he used to be. Someone mentioned "The Manchurian Candidate." This should not be mentioned in the same breath. The other hard thing for me was that the device that is used to turn people into other characters looks like an aluminum bowl used with a Mixmaster. I know I sound a bit picky, but there so much to be taken on faith that I just never bought into it.

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