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The Outer Limits: Tourist Attraction

On a houseboat, American tycoon John Dexter explores the deep of the Caribbean's ocean and catches a prehistoric fish-lizard. Latin dictator Mercurio wants to keep this breakthrough to gain international credits.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x13
Airdate: Monday December 23rd, 1963

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Guest Stars
Henry Silva
As General Juan Mercurio
Noel de Souza
As Captain Fortunato
Willard Sage
As Reporter
Henry Darrow
As Policeman
Janet Blair
As Lynn Artur
Jay Novello
As Professor Arrivelo
Jerry Douglas
As Tom Evans
Marco López
As Guard
Ralph Meeker
As John Dexter
Main Cast
Vic Perrin
voiced The Control Voice
Episode Quotes
Opening Narration: In man's dark and troubled history, there are vestiges of strange gods. This stone statue was once such a god, a thousand years gone by, in the central mountains of Pan America. Today, new gods have emerged-the god of power, the god of money. The Republic of San Blas lies west of the Orinoco Basin and slightly north of the Equator. Its principal exports are coffee, copra, mahogany, mace, and saffron. In a hundred-odd years the reins of government have changed many times in blood and fire and death. The last of the revolutions was led by General Juan Mercurio, the most absolute and powerful ruler of them all. Only the Indians who live close to the old gods in the volcanic uplands are unimpressed. They have seen the coming of Conquistadors, with the power of their guns and flashing flags; the revolutionaries, with their zeal and willingness to die; the Americans, with the power of their money and bulldozers, with their summer houseboats in the crater lake of Aripana, with their gadgets, and machines, and devices...

Additional Narration: Moving through the deep, protected only by a tank of air and a hunting spear, the scientist-explorer descends beyond the San Blas shelf. But all unknown to him, the observer is himself observed. Hidden in the sinuous rills of seaweed, sightless eyes, blind for centuries, stare out of the abyss. The legendary creature of the deeps, sensing through nerve receptors in its skin, becomes aware of the alien invader, man.

Second Additional Narration: Pressed and strained by constant drilling of ultrasonic beams, the concrete face of the dam cracks and faults. Ten million tons of pressure builds toward ultimate collapse...

Lynn Arthur: John Dexter only keeps the cream of the crop.

Closing Narration: The forces of nature will not submit to injustice. No man has the right, nor will the checks and balances of the universe permit him, to place his fellows under the harsh yoke of repression. Nor may he again place the forces of nature under the triple yoke of vanity, greed, and ambition. In the words of Shelley: Were lies your tyrant, who would rule the world, immortal.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJoseph Stefano  |  Leslie Stevens
Warning: The Outer Limits season 1 episode 13 guide may contain spoilers
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