The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Man with the Power 

Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aide in a space project to mine ... See full summary »

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Harold J. Finley
Priscilla Morrill ...
Vera Finley
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Steve Crandon
Frank Maxwell ...
Keenan
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Dr. Sigmund Hindeman
Paul Lambert ...
Dr. Henschell
James McCallion ...
Dr. Tremaine
Harry Ellerbe ...
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Emily Radcliffe (as Anne Loos)
Paul Kent ...
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Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aide in a space project to mine asteroids, a giant electrical vortex appears when he's angry at someone, unleashing the earth's Magnetic Fields against the offender. Harold is unaware of the new power of his Id, while the rocket scientists are thrilled at compliant Harold's conscious ability to focus massive energy. Written by David Stevens

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7 October 1963 (USA)  »

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The first episode to have a teaser before the opening monologue by the Control Voice. Every remaining episode of the series would do this, although most first-season teasers were flash-forward clips; all second-season teasers (and a few from the first season) were cold-opening prologues that commenced the narrative. See more »

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One of the scientists at the space center wrongly describes titanium as a fissionable element. See more »

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Control Voice: Deep beyond the kindest, gentlest soul may lurk violent thoughts, deadly wishes. Someday Man will learn to cope with the monsters of the mind. Then, and only then, when the human mind is truly in control of itself, can we begin to utilize the great and hidden powers of the universe.
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Forbidden Planet Rip-Off
1 January 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donald Pleasance, a sort of Casper Milquetoast college teacher, dominated by his wife and his boss, the college dean, has agreed to be a guinea pig in an experiment to use the brain to cause do things beyond the scope of normal machinery. It can actually be used to cause things to happen in other places, including space, to mine precious metals and elements. Unfortunately, Pleasance begins to lose control of his own id impulses, actually killing his boss and injuring his wife. Once he realizes how dangerous this power is, he tries to put the kabosh on the project, but his own impulses can't be curtailed. To make matters worse, a young astronaut is going to have the same implant that Pleasance has, and this guy won't listen to reason. Pleasance sounds like a nut, so drastic measures must be employed for drastic times. Unfortunately, the conclusion can be seen coming a mile away.


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