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 byByron Haskin
Written byAllan Balter
Robert Mintz
Cinematography byConrad Hall
Production code7
Original air dateSeptember 23, 1963
Guest appearance(s)
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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 fingerprints, and uses it to replace a U.S. presidential candidate with a spy.

Opening narration[edit]

Plot[edit]

An undisclosed Asian government, presumably Mao Zedong's Communist China, based upon the description in the opening narration, 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 presidential election, is murdered and replaced by a lookalike spy, a doppelgänger. Selby is indeed elected, and the impostor assumes the office of 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. Carol observes that Selby remembers dates and other publicly available information, but forgets private information, such as his food preferences and details of her husband's research projects, 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 residence, is discovered lying in wait, and is chased off before he can effect the replacement, he being already in the guise of Pearson, which Pearson observes in disbelief.

Carol's husband, a physician and medical researcher, recalls that a 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 expressed concerns were plausible, Pearson informed Frank Summers—the head of the Secret Service detail assigned to the White House—of the plot, and his suspicion that Selby was actually an impostor, but Summers' team fails to confirm Selby's true identity using forensics.

Prior to a planned summit meeting, the leader of the Asian government confers with his spy at the White House, wherein the Asian reveals to Selby the second phase of his conspiracy—to replace various cabinet members (Labor, etc.) and numerous private industry chief executives (banking, broadcast media, newsprint media, oil, steel, etc.) in order to complete his takeover of America.

When Selby arranges a second attempt at replacing the Vice President, the conspirators, including the Vice President's doppelgänger, are captured, brought before the President and numerous invited guests during a state reception, and, along with Selby, are publicly exposed, with the real Pearson placing the doppelgänger Selby under arrest, charging him with murder (of the real Selby) and conspiring to overthrow the United States government.

Summers proposes an armed response against the Asian government, but Pearson, now as President, declines.

Closing narration[edit]

Cast[edit]

  • Sidney Blackmer – as William Lyons Selby, and Selby's doppelgänger Ho Chi-Wong
  • Phillip Pine – as Theodore Pearson, and Pearson's doppelgänger
  • 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. Sui-Lin
  • Clarence Lung – as Major (later, Colonel) 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 Man 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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