David and Edgar intercept an alien data drop and recover the partially burned contents of a briefcase. A picture inside convinces them that Arnold Warren is an alien. Warren is seeking ... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview:
Roy Thinnes ... David Vincent
Raymond St. Jacques ... James A. Baxter
Janet MacLachlan ... Celia Baxter
Roscoe Lee Browne ... Arnold Andrew Warren
Kent Smith ... Edgar Scoville
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... William Gehrig
Louis Gossett Jr. ... Ollie (as Louis Gossett)
Joel Fluellen Joel Fluellen ... Homer Warren
D'Urville Martin ... Casey
John Ward John Ward ... Policeman
Pepe Brown Pepe Brown ... Michael Baxter
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Station Attendant (as Red Boyd Morgan)
James Devine James Devine ... TV Man


David and Edgar intercept an alien data drop and recover the partially burned contents of a briefcase. A picture inside convinces them that Arnold Warren is an alien. Warren is seeking confirmation to a post supervising a space tracking project. He would be one of the few black men to hold such a high post. Standing between him and that goal is Jim Baxter, a Senate investigator who also happens to be black. Baxter's wife Celia wants black heroes for her son, so she's pressuring her husband to recommend Warren. Against that, David Vincent only has a wildly implausible story: that Warren is a man from outer space! Convincing Baxter to look further means appealing to his policeman's instincts. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller







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20 February 1968 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the series, many objects are incinerated along with aliens who burn up as they die. This episode has the first of only two instances when a burning alien starts an actual, ordinary fire by his death. See more »


When Mrs. Baxter was first in the room at the TV studio posing as a newswoman to interview Mr. Warren the clock on the wall said 8:28, but seconds later the next view of the same clock showed the time as 8:26. See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] For two days, a Senate Subcommittee has been meeting to consider the nomination of a man named Arnold Warren for an important post in the International Space Program. David Vincent has reason to believe that Warren is an alien. He has 24 hours to prove it.
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Known To Some As "The Only Invaders Show With Black People"
29 August 2016 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

Vincent gets involved with black people in his attempts to find "the invaders".

When thinking about reviewing this episode, at first I was not even going to mention the sudden appearance of black people, but it must be mentioned as this is what viewers respond to.

YouTube has put all the Invader episodes up, most of the shows got few comments under the videos, but when The Vise came up, comments all over the place! Some black people were bothered that this was the only "black episode" and that next week the series would go back to being "all white" again.

But anyway, let me move on from this now.

To me at least, The Vice is a rather routine episode of The Invaders, I can't see anything special about it to talk about here. You just follow the plot and enjoy it.

I would call The Vice good but not great.

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