The Invaders (1967–1968)
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Valley of the Shadow 

A series of mischances leads an alien to kill a human doctor, and get arrested in the small town of Carterville, Wyoming. His alien friends bungle his rescue, and the entire town sees him ... See full summary »


Jesse Hibbs


Robert Sabaroff (teleplay), Howard Merrill (story) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Roy Thinnes ... David Vincent
Nan Martin ... Dr. Maria McKinley
Harry Townes ... Will Hale
Ron Hayes ... Sheriff Gordon Clements
Joe Maross ... Alien Capt. Taft
Mark Roberts ... Dr. Sam Larousse
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Deputy Jim
Ted Knight ... Alien Air Force Major McEvoy
Hank Brandt Hank Brandt ... Joe Manners
Don Eitner ... Townsman
Jon Lormer ... Minister
James Sikking ... Human Capt. William Taft
Wayne Heffley ... Sergeant #2
Claudia Bryar ... Townswoman
Phil Chambers ... Townsman


A series of mischances leads an alien to kill a human doctor, and get arrested in the small town of Carterville, Wyoming. His alien friends bungle his rescue, and the entire town sees him go up in red flames! Now, the entire town understands that aliens have come to Earth. And the aliens are desperate to keep that knowledge from spreading - so desperate that when David Vincent finds out what they plan to do, he desperately tries to strike a deal with them to stop it. If he fails, the town of Carterville may find itself under water - a lot of water. Written by CommanderBalok

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller


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The title is taken from Psalm 23 in the King James Version of the Bible ("though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death..."), which psalm the minister recites in its entirety near the close of the program. See more »


When the newspaper headline was seen the word "prophecy" was misspelled as "prophesy". See more »


Narrator: [Opening Narration] Carterville, Wyoming, once a processing center for copper mines, now a relic. Population: 1,216. Principal features: the Laramie Mountains on the south, the North Platte River on the north. Principal industry: contemplation of the past. In its 71 years, Carterville has had only four murder cases. The latest, committed by a member of an alien race, will never be recorded in the history books.
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The Secret Is Out
22 August 2016 | by StuOzSee all my reviews

A whole town is in shock after seeing an alien invader burn up.

I know this series gets limited IMDb episode reviews but I was expecting at least ten reviews for this episode. But just one other review instead? Obviously, this series does not have the following of Star Trek (1966), Lost In Space (1965) or The Outer Limits (1963)...but you need to remember something...many sci-fi fans just don't know this series even exists! Because The Invaders only lasted 43 episodes, and not 80 or 90 or 100 episodes, the series was not picked up for re-runs like the others. It was only when the DVDs came out that people really started finding out about this "long lost" show.

In terms of scripting, Valley Of The Shadow stands with some of the best Outer Limits as some of the best scripted sci-fi ever made. It is also the ultimate feel-good experience as at long last a whole town of people see an alien invader burn up. Now the secret is out after all this time!

I don't wish to reveal any more. However, the town in question was actually a backlot set that was also used in Irwin Allen's The Swarm (1978). The town went from aliens to bees!

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26 September 1967 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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