The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Inheritors: Part I 

Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in ... See full summary »


James Goldstone


Seeleg Lester (teleplay by), Sam Neuman (teleplay by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Duvall ... Adam Ballard
Donald Harron ... Art Harris
James Shigeta ... AIO Capt. Newa
Steve Ihnat ... Lt. Philip Minns
Ivan Dixon ... Sgt. James Conover
Dee Pollock ... Pfc. Francis Hadley
James Frawley ... Pvt. Robert Renaldo
Ted de Corsia ... Randolph E. Branch
Dabbs Greer ... E.F. Larkin
Robert Nelson Robert Nelson ... The Surgeon (as Robert J. Nelson)
Kim Hector Kim Hector ... Johnny Subiron
Robert Cinder Robert Cinder ... Jessup
William Wintersole ... Prof. Andrew Whitsett (as William Winterside)
Simon Prescott ... The Guard (as Sy Prescott)
Linda Hutchings Linda Hutchings ... The Nurse


Four soldiers have been shot in the head by bullets made from the fragment of a meteorite. As a result, they have developed genius level IQs. Three of them have disappeared, one remains in hospital. Adam Ballard, Assistant Secretary of Science, believes the men have been taken over by an alien intelligence, and that they are working to bring some evil plan to fruition. Written by Barbara Peterson

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21 November 1964 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only 2 part episode in the original series. See more »


The airliner at about 2 minutes in has no airline name on it, but is marked "Boeing 707". This footage is seen in other productions. Most likely this was part of a Boeing promotional film for this relatively new aircraft. See more »


[first lines]
Control Voice: In the troubled places of the world, the Devil's hunter finds rare game. For manmade savagery is only the instrument for a secret terror stirring from its dark place of ambush.
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My favorite episode of the series.
13 November 2017 | by somejavaSee all my reviews

I just finished watching pt.2 of the episode. I've seen this episode at least once before. But this was the first time in a long time. And I've gained a new appreciation for it.

I just finished reading an online review. The person who wrote it praised this episode. But he also took the time to point out the sorts of flaws that are inherent in most (if not all) older sci-fi TV shows and movies. With new technology things are obviously more realistic and spectacular. But in order to appreciate some of these older programs you need to ignore those sorts dated issues.

The power of this particular episode is in the message. And in the excellent way that the viewer is kept in suspense. It's well acted, too. With Robert Duvall. And with some other very familiar faces that are playing completely out of the characters they're better known for portraying. IMO, though, the actor Steve Ihnot is the most impressive. Not wanting to give anything away I'll just say that he plays his role perfectly.

I think this is a beautiful 2 pt. episode. And I believe at it's conclusion it will leave many people with a wonderful feeling. Something that I feel is terribly lacking in much of what I see on TV these days.

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