The Outer Limits: Season 1, Episode 15

The Mice (6 Jan. 1964)

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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Chino Rivera
Diana Sands ...
Dr. Julia Harrison
Michael Higgins ...
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander
Ron Foster ...
Dr. Robert Richardson (as Ronald Foster)
Dr. Williams
Francis De Sales ...
Prison Warden (as Francis de Sales)
Hugh Langtry ...
Gene Tyburn ...
Don Ross ...


An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental-stage teleportation systems by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a prisoner serving a life sentence, not caring that a murderer's being loosed on Chromos, because it's 10 light years away. But will the ex-boxer escape before the exchange is completed, in the narrow window when the planets are aligned? Written by David Stevens

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6 January 1964 (USA)  »

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Writer Joseph Stefano named the protagonist Chino Rivera after his good friend, actress and dancer Chita Rivera. See more »


Chromo Transmission: Transmission point Chromo. Subject stable. Sequence commences. Initiate systems.
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: [to technician] Initiate systems.
[to Chromo Controller]
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Transmission point Earth. Systems initiated. Transmit.
Chromo Transmission: Transmission accomplished.
[a large monstrosity materializes in the teleportation chamber and appears totally disoriented, smashing into tables and equipment]
Dr. Thomas 'Kelly' Kellander: Richardson!
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interesting casting
31 July 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This episode stands out not so much for its creepiness or writing or any of the traits we usually associate with Outer Limits, Twilight Zone, etc, as for some unusual casting against type and against Hollywood 'rules' of the time.

Henry Silva usually plays creepy, stiff bad-guy types. But in this episode, he's personable, dynamic, and outgoing.

More interestingly, Diana Sands - a black actress - is cast as a central character. This was rare in 1964. She plays a doctor - NOT a nurse - and interacts closely with Silva's character in a time when blacks and whites rarely touched each other on television.

Probably, her light complexion and Silva's character being Hispanic mitigated the circumstances, but still pretty unusual for the time.

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