The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Hundred Days of the Dragon 

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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William Lyons Selby
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Ted Pearson
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Bob Conner
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Dr. Sui-Lin
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Li-Chin Sung
Joan Camden ...
Ann Pearson
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Frank Summers
Clarence Lung ...
Maj. Ho Chi-Wong
Henry Scott ...
FBI Agent Marshall
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Wen Li
James Yagi ...
Li Kwan
Nancy Rennick ...
Carol Selby Conner
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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 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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Much has been made of the fact that this episode concerning the killing of a man who would have become president was broadcast 60 days before the actual assassination of JFK in Dallas. There are two other interesting facts about this episode relating to Kennedy's time in office. There is a comment mentioning a policy statement made during a campaign speech that was delivered in Dallas. Then, during a reception at the White House in the 44 to 45 minute time frame of the episode, a Jackie Kennedy lookalike dances by the camera twice. See more »

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During the second attempt on Pearson's life, his impostor presses his face into the mold without first injecting himself with the plasticity serum. See more »

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Featured in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) See more »

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A grand plan to make the president see red.
23 September 2012 | by (Edinburgh.) – See all my reviews

The leader of a small, Asian country comes up with a plan to spread his Communist ideals throughout the world. That plan involves some impressive facial alterations and the means to replace leading political figures, starting with a man who is poised to become the next POTUS, with dopplegangers who will tow the party line.

While it may not sound like typical fare for The Outer Limits there are a number of factors here that make it another worthy episode. The political machinations depicted are there to instil fear at the idea of full and unerring identity theft. There are no pod people here, no shape-shifting Thing, no factory line of clones. This shows someone being effectively replaced by someone else and the potential repercussions are terrifying.

The script by Allan Balter and Robert Mintz is, understandably, a bit dry but the direction by Byron Haskin is solid and the central performance from Sidney Blackmer is superb. He's ably supported by Phillip Pine (playing Ted Pearson) and a few other fine folks.

It's not as outlandish as many of the other episodes of the show but that doesn't mean that it's a bad episode, despite how dated the threat of Communism affecting the USA might seem nowadays.


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