Don't Open Till Doomsday
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|"Don’t Open Till Doomsday"|
|The Outer Limits episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Gerd Oswald|
|Written by||Joseph Stefano|
|Cinematography by||Conrad Hall|
|Original air date||January 20, 1964|
"Don’t Open Till Doomsday" is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 20 January 1964, during the first season.
"The greatness of evil lies in its awful accuracy. Without that deadly talent for being in the right place at the right time, evil must suffer defeat. For unlike its opposite, good, evil is allowed no human failings, no miscalculations. Evil must be perfect, or depend upon the imperfections of others."
In 1929, a pair of young newlyweds receives a mysterious box-like object wrapped as a wedding gift with a cryptic label reading "Don't Open Till Doomsday". Unbeknownst to his bride, the bridegroom is zapped by a beam of light emanating from this object when he removed it from the wrapping, and seemingly disappears out of existence. In 1964, an eloping couple arrives at the house in the hopes of using it as a honeymoon spot, now a half-derelict mansion owned by Mrs. Kry, an eccentric old woman who turns out to be the aforesaid bride, driven to insanity after her husband disappeared. After the younger bride herself disappears inside the box, it is revealed that Mrs. Kry has been luring young couples to her house, in the hope of "trading" them for her lost bridegroom, with an alien intelligence residing inside the box. Later, the young bride's father arrives on location to take his wayward daughter back with him, and is also abducted by the alien, finding himself inside the box - actually, a pocket dimension occupied by an amorphous, one-eyed creature from an anti-matter universe, who is bent on destroying our universe. The father, his daughter and Mrs. Kry's lost bridegroom are there, as well. The creature, having become lost during his journey between dimensions, addresses them, assuring them they'll be freed on the condition that they help him to achieve his goal - reuniting him with his eight other companions, all of whom were inhabitants of their universe, each carrying an essential element which, when joined together, would result in the annihilation of our universe. Facing refusal, and being further hindered by an angered Mrs. Kry, along with the father's false promise to aid in the search if freed from captivity, the enraged alien resorts to self-destruction after setting the daughter free, thus 'uncreating' himself, and obliterating the entire mansion, the father, Mrs. Kry and her bridegroom in the process, with the young couple narrowly escaping the carnage.
"Without that deadly talent for being in the right place at the right time, evil must suffer defeat; and, with each defeat, doomsday is postponed for at least one more day."
- Miriam Hopkins – as Mary Kry
- David Frankham – as Harvey Kry
- John Hoyt – as Emmett Balfour
- Buck Taylor – as Gard Hayden
- Melinda Plowman – as Vivia Balfour Hayden
- Russell Collins – as Justice of the Peace
- Nellie Burt – as Wife
- Anthony Jochim – as Mordecai Spazman
- Frank Delfino – as Creature (uncredited)
- Robert Johnson – as voice of Creature (uncredited)