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

Robert Culp stars as a man from the future who travels back in time to battle an alien race intent on taking over Earth.


Byron Haskin


Harlan Ellison




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


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 that they're in the hands of his enemies. Written by CommanderBalok

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There seem to be two versions in existence of the introduction to this episode, one where Vic Perrin says "Sumerican" rather than "Sumerian" and one where he pronounces it correctly. Dreams with Sharp Teeth (2008) shows the latter, the former. And despite the scene during the intro being of New York's Duffy Square the action actually takes place in L.A.'s Bradbury Building, recognizable as the setting for numerous sci-fi movies. See more »


The glass hand tells Trent that the future Earth has been contaminated with a radioactive substance that has a 99-year half-life, and that the radiation will dissipate within 200 years. This is a complete misunderstanding of the nature of radioactive decay. Half of a radioactive substance will decay in the time period called a half-life. When another half-life passes, half of the remaining substance will decay, and so on. It would take many millennia for a substance with a 99-year half-life to decay to the point of being virtually radiation-free. See more »


[Trent surreptitiously enters the building through the basement]
Trent: Is this it?
The Glass Hand: The Dixon Building. Once the most exclusive office building in the city, it has become the center of a slum. Now it houses cut-rate garment-piece goods offices, passport photographers and the like. One of these offices is a front for the Kyben and their time mirror.
Arch: [off camera] Welcome, Mr. Trent. I see Breech died a hero, Mr. Trent. He brought you to us. Infinitely easier than going to look for you. Ah, come along, Mr. ...
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Excellent - can't be improved
4 March 2007 | by ml2348See all my reviews

This one I liked - from the very first time it was viewed. It has power - with powerful actors & actress. You "feel" the force of the episode - and brace for the surprise ending. When first viewed - it held me spellbound -all the way to the end. We just sat there & thought about it. It was awesome that people could's imaginations could bring this to the screen with such skill. It made me jealous - how they could dream this up & I couldn't. This episode endeared me to the "Outer Limits" forever. It's really incredible they could find just the "right people" in the right scenes with just the "right lines" - When VCR's came out - saw my chance to watch these episodes over & over again - and never tire of them. But - I still remember that night in the early 1960's - when we were held spellbound by this episode - a standard by which other episodes should be judged - absolutely loved it. Thank very much for the privilege of letting me comment.


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17 October 1964 (USA) See more »

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