The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental teleportation systems, by exchanging citizens. Fearing the matter transport will fail, U.S. military select a ... See full summary »

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Chino Rivera
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Ron Foster ...
Dr. Robert Richardson (as Ronald Foster)
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Dr. Williams
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Prison Warden (as Francis de Sales)
Hugh Langtry ...
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An advanced civilization contacts the U.S. to test both worlds' experimental 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 set loose 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 »

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In the final confrontation between the creature and the guard, the guard is tossed into the transporter and the creature transports him to Chromo. In the final communication, the beings from Chromo say the project has failed and they will make no further attempt on Earth. They ask for the creature to be transported back but no mention is made of the guard who got transported. What happened to him? See more »

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Dr. Julia Harrison: It tried to kill me. It must have killed Dr. Richardson. It broke the force field and started to climb into the infirmary.
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interesting casting
31 July 2010 | by 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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