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The Man with the Power (The Outer Limits)

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Episode no.  Season 1 Episode 4
Written by  Jerome Ross
Production code  8
Directed by  László Benedek
Cinematography by  Conrad Hall
Original air date  October 7, 1963

"The Man with the Power" is an episode of the original The Outer Limits television show. It first aired on 7 October 1963, during the first season.



An experiment endows a college professor with powerful telekinetic abilities, which his subconscious mind uses to destroy his enemies, including his employer, Dean Radcliffe.


An unassuming college professor develops a device that, once implanted in the brain, can manipulate objects through mind power. Although disregarded as talentless by his family and coworkers, the teacher makes an impact with a U.S. space agency in the hopes that he can assist them in retrieving unreachable, space-bound, element-laden asteroids. However, as the professor becomes more familiar with his device, he learns that his subconscious mind has been utilizing it, and taking involuntary revenge (via a storm cloud) on those who demean him, including his harping wife, whom he almost kills. As his invention is scheduled to be implanted into the brain of an ambitious astronaut with questionable motives, now realizing its destructive power, the college professor becomes alarmed, and is determined to stop the procedure. He enters the operating theater, just as the surgeon is preparing to implant the device, and destroys him and the head of the asteroid project, along with himself.


  • Donald Pleasence – as Harold J. Finley
  • Priscilla Morrill – as Vera Finley
  • Edward Platt – as Dean Radcliffe
  • Fred Beir – as Steve Crandon
  • Frank Maxwell – as Dr. Keenan
  • John Marley – as Dr. Sigmund Hindeman
  • Paul Lambert – as Dr. Henschell
  • Paul Kent – as Detective
  • Ann Loos – as Emily Radcliffe
  • James McCallion – as Dr. Tremaine
  • Harry Ellerbe – as Finley's Doctor
  • Jane Barclay - as Nurse
  • Pat O'Hara - as Surgeon
  • Saul Gross - as 1st Tree Pruner
  • Fred Crane - as 2nd Tree Pruner
  • References

    The Man with the Power (The Outer Limits) Wikipedia

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