The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Demon with a Glass Hand 

Days ago Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of... his hand! Made... See full summary »

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Byron Haskin

Writer:

Harlan Ellison
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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Culp ... Trent
Arlene Martel ... Consuelo Biros (as Arline Martel)
Abraham Sofaer ... Arch
Rex Holman ... Battle
Steve Harris Steve Harris ... Breech
Robert Fortier Robert Fortier ... Budge
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Days ago Trent awoke with no memory of his past. Since then, sinister men have pursued him constantly. He manages to stay one step ahead of them by following the advice of... his hand! Made of glass and apparently capable of speech, Trent's hand can answer many of his questions. But it cannot tell him who he is or why his enemies seek him until he finds all of its fingers. The only trouble is, they're in the... hands... of his enemies! Written by CommanderBalok

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Harlan Ellison's story outline depicted a sprawling, cross-country chase between the Kyben and Trent (then named Mr. Fish). Because this would have been prohibitively expensive, producer Robert H. Justman suggested that Ellison contain most of the action in a single structure when he went to script. Ellison agreed, realizing that by forcing the plot into an enclosed space, the change from a linear pursuit to a vertical climb, ascending as the action developed, would make for heightened tension. See more »

Goofs

When Trent is pursued in the alley, he crouches and moves an empty barrel to conceal himself. In the next shot, the barrel is in its original position. See more »

Quotes

Trent: To save all of Man, I have to become a killer.
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Connections

Spoofed in Asia Noir 6: Evil Sex Trap (2008) See more »

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Very original
26 October 2006 | by maxsmodelsSee all my reviews

I beg you to remember that this was written when most TV fans thought of science fiction as Buck Rogers or Flash Gorgon. The ideas and concepts were way ahead of their time for TV. Today we laugh at the special effects and Cosme's but also remember that TOL was made on a very tight budget. lighting effects and camera angles were used with he music to try and add the confused feeling that Trent and Consuelo were enduring. All in all it worked by 60's standards.

You can poke holes or take exception to certain issues that were not addressed but hey, they only had an hour (about 48 minutes without commercials). All in all I feel this is one of the most ingenious and in some ways eerie plots in early TV scifi. It has rightfully earned its place in the hearts of scifi fans.


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