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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Episode complete credited cast:
William Lyons Selby
Phillip Pine ...
Ted Pearson
Bob Conner
Dr. Sui-Lin
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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This seemed like it aired on the wrong show!
26 September 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"The Hundred Days of the Dragon" isn't a bad TV episode, though it seems to have nothing to do with the series. There were a few shows that just seemed totally out of place--and it was definitely true of this one. What does espionage have to do with sci-fi or fantasy?! The show begins in a fictional Asian communist country. Their despot leader is being shown a new weapon. This weapon involves a new formula that briefly makes the flesh malleable--so a similar looking person could be made to look exactly like another. Their plan involves substituting one of their agents for a man who appears posed to win the presidency in the United States. It's an interesting plot--and a bit reminiscent of "The Manchurian Candidate".

If you've seen more than a few episodes of the show, you should recognize that the above plot just isn't "The Outer Limits". It's interesting and reasonably well-acted but it's obvious the producers were still uncertain WHAT the series would become.

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