Planet of the Apes: Season 1, Episode 10

The Interrogation (15 Nov. 1974)

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When Burke is captured by Urko's soldiers, he is forced to face two equally horrifying options: he can either be killed, outright, by Urko or he can be used in a brainwashing experiment, ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Galen (as Roddy McDowell)
Yalu (as Normann Burton)
Booth Colman ...
Harry Townes ...
Officer Gorilla
Wayne Foster ...
Lieutenant Gorilla
Susan (as Lynn Benesch)


When Burke is captured by Urko's soldiers, he is forced to face two equally horrifying options: he can either be killed, outright, by Urko or he can be used in a brainwashing experiment, being performed by a prominent ape doctor, using a forbidden (human) text on the subject. The scene in which Urko describes what he believes brainwashing is, is hilarious. Written by Ape Freak

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15 November 1974 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This episode was one of a selection put together as two-in-one features aired with 'Old Galen' introducing and closing the feature. So if this episode is aired alone without opening credits, you're actually watching the second half of Life, Liberty and Pursuit on the Planet of the Apes (1981) (with the final 'Old Galen' wrap scene removed, it's then identical) rather than the actual episode. The closing credits will differ, showing the double-bill's production code (starting Z-) instead of the usual B- for episodes. See more »


In the scene where Virdon and Galen jump out of Urko's office you can see Galen wearing a nice shiny pair of Stacy Adams right before he falls through the other side of the window. See more »


Urko: Ahh yes. I seem to remember hearing something vaguely about that; BRAIN WASHING. Isn't that where you take the brain out of the skull and wash it with cool water?
Wanda: No, No. You don't take the bran out of the skull.
Urko: You don't - Well how can you wash the brain if you don't take it out of the SKULL?
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Sturdy episode
17 October 2013 | by (The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left) – See all my reviews

Burke (fine work by James Naughton) is forced to face two equally horrifying options after being captured by Urko's men: He'll either be killed by Urko (Mark Lenard in impressively angry and bullish form) or be used in a brainwashing experiment by brilliant prominent ape doctor Wanda (superbly played with ruthless intensity by Beverly Garland). Director Alf Kjellin, working from a riveting script by Richard Collins, relates the gripping story at a swift pace and builds a considerable amount of suspense. The interrogation scenes are quite quite brutal and harrowing while the climactic rescue of Virdon by Galen (the always on the money Roddy McDowall) and Virdon (solid Ron Harper) makes for an exciting set piece. Moreover, Galen has a funny moment in which he fools Urko's men by pretending to be a female chimp. The excellent acting by a tip-top cast keeps this episode buzzing: Anne Seymour as Galen's warm and supportive mother Ann, Norman Burton as Galen's gruff disapproving father Yalu, and Booth Colman as the wise Zaius. The robust score does the rousing trick. A very strong show.

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