The Hundred Days of the Dragon

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"The Hundred Days of the Dragon"
The Outer Limits episode
Episode no. Season 1
Episode 2
Directed by Byron Haskin
Written by Allan Balter
Robert Mintz
Cinematography by Conrad Hall
Production code 7
Original air date September 23, 1963
Recurring/Guest appearances
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"The Hundred Days of the Dragon" is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 23 September 1963, during the first season.

Introduction[edit]

An Asian government develops a reliable means of changing a person's physical appearance, and uses it to replace a U.S. presidential candidate with a spy.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

An unspecified Asian government, presumably Communist China, plans to take over America by infiltrating and substituting officials at the White House. During the presidential campaign, William Lyons Selby, the candidate predicted to win the next election, is murdered and is then replaced by a lookalike spy, a doppelgänger. Selby is indeed elected, and the impostor assumes the office of the President of the United States.

Though he fools the nation at large during his first few months in office, his daughter, Carol, soon begins to suspect that the man in the White House is not her father. She voices her concerns to the Vice President, Ted Pearson, who disbelieves her, at first, until he is targeted for replacement by an assassin who breaks into his home during their meeting, is discovered lying in wait by Pearson, and is chased off before he can commit the act, already in the guise of Pearson.

Carol's husband, a physician and medical researcher, recalls that a recent peer-reviewed scientific journal disclosed Soviet experiments wherein a hominid animal's soft tissue had been successfully altered, and he speculated that the "serum" which was employed had been advanced significantly beyond that which was previously disclosed, to include human subjects, and he explained this to the Vice President. Now convinced that Carol's story is valid, Pearson informs the head of the Secret Service detail assigned to the President of the plot, and his suspicion that Selby is actually an impostor.

After failed attempts by the Secret Service in identifying Selby through dental records and other means, the leader of the Asian government confers with his spy at the White House prior to a planned summit meeting, wherein the Asian reveals to Selby the second phase of his operation: to replace various cabinet members (State, Labor, etc.) and numerous private industry executives (banks, broadcast media, newsprint media, oil, steel, etc.). When Selby arranges a second attempt at replacing his Vice President, the perpetrators, including the Vice President's doppelgänger, are captured, brought before the President and invited guests during a state reception, and are publicly exposed, along with Selby, himself, with the real Pearson arresting Selby and then charging him with murder and attempting to overthrow the United States government.

Closing narration[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Sidney Blackmer – as William Lyons Selby and doppelgänger
  • Phillip Pine – as Theodore Pearson
  • Joan Camden – as Ann Pearson
  • Nancy Rennick – as Carol Selby Conner
  • Richard Loo – as Li Chin-Sung
  • Mark Roberts – as Dr. Bob Conner
  • Aki Aleong – as Dr. Su Lin
  • Clarence Lung – as Major Ho Chi Wong
  • James Hong – as Wen Lee
  • James Yagi – as Li Kwan
  • Bert Remsen – as Frank Summers (Secret Service officer)
  • Dennis McCarthy – as Carter
  • Richard Gillings – as Briggs
  • Robert Brubaker – as Bryan
  • Eugene Chan – as Asian in Hotel
  • Henry Scott – as FBI Agent Marshall
  • Vic Perrin – as Voice of Mr. Schumacher
  • Leslie Stevens – as the Election Returns Commentator (uncredited)

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