The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Sixth Finger 

A scientist experimenting with speeding up human evolution, hires on uneducated, but bright Gwyllim, from the nearby Welsh mining town. He proves a devoted lab assistant, but not content to... See full summary »

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Gwyllim Griffiths
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Cathy Evans
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Professor Mathers
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Mrs. Ives
Robert Doyle ...
Wilt Morgan
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Gert 'the Bread' Evans
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A scientist experimenting with speeding up human evolution, hires on uneducated, but bright Gwyllim, from the nearby Welsh mining town. He proves a devoted lab assistant, but not content to stick to animal subjects, Gwyllim speeds up his own evolution, becoming a super genius with 6 fingers and a huge cranium. With such mental powers does the rebellious, former coal miner acquire equivalent wisdom and maturity too ? Written by David Stevens

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14 October 1963 (USA)  »

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Trivia

David McCallum would appear in a second episode in the series. After this classic sci-fi is rebooted in the 1990's McCallum stars for a third time. See more »

Goofs

The movements made by Wilt Morgan when he plays the concertina do not match the music we hear. See more »

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Control Voice: [Closing Narration] An experiment too soon, too swift, and yet, may we not still hope to discover a method by which within one generation the whole human race could be rendered intelligent, beyond hatred, or revenge, or the desire for power? Is that not, after all, the ultimate goal of evolution?
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Referenced in The Loved One (1965) See more »

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The Well-Tempered Klavier
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Welsh miners with Yorkshire accents and pistol-packing policemen...
11 February 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Truly one of my favourite OL episodes, but I have to agree with the other UK reviewer about the truly extraordinary world that it creates for British audiences.

Not only is the town apparently located in Wales whilst the cast all speak in a sort of bastardised Yorkhire dialect (with a couple of Cockney accents thrown in), but - and this slays me every time I watch "Sixth Finger" - the motorcycle cops who square off against the creature immediately reach for their sidearms. For those non-Brits who aren't aware, few of our policemen back in the 1960s would have been allowed anywhere near a pistol or rifle. (Even today only specially-trained officers are allowed to carry guns.)

For all that, it's a cracking tale, very well told, with great performances from the leads. Sadly, as I pen this review I note that Jill Haworth passed away just a few weeks ago, of natural causes but at only 65. RIP.


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