The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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Cold Hands, Warm Heart 

Following a mission to Venus, an astronaut finds himself constantly cold and has strange dreams about encountering an alien outside his spacecraft.


Charles F. Haas (as Charles Haas)


Daniel B. Ullman (as Dan Ullman)




Episode complete credited cast:
William Shatner ... Col. / Brig. Gen. Jeff Barton
Geraldine Brooks ... Ann Barton
Lloyd Gough ... Gen. Claiborne
Malachi Throne ... Dr. Mike
Dean Harens ... Medicine
James Sikking ... Botany
Lawrence Montaigne ... Construction
Henry Scott ... Electronics
Julian Burton ... Reporter
Peter Madsen ... Reporter


Following a mission to Venus, an astronaut finds himself constantly cold and has strange dreams about encountering an alien outside his spacecraft.

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Release Date:

26 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Redondo Beach, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The bizarre electronic sounds heard as the Venusian creature approaches the space capsule were taken from a recording called "Noise Study" by James Tenney. It first appeared on a 1962 record album called "Music From Mathematics, Played by IBM 7090 Computer and Digital to Sound Transducer." Its use in this episode marks the first time digitally generated sounds were heard in any movie or television show. See more »


In several instances the strings controlling the movements of the alien creature are visible. See more »

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pretty silly....
3 July 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an amazingly silly episode of "The Outer Limits"--one that is a serious letdown for an otherwise exceptional series. Like they often say 'you can't win 'em all'....and that is definitely the case with "Cold Hands, Warm Heart".

This episode stars William Shatner as an astronaut recently returned from his orbiting Venus--yes, Venus, the incredibly inhospitable planet that is well beyond our capability to ever visit. Regardless, he's seen an a national hero and is quickly promoted to general. However, through the course of the show, it's obvious that Willie just ain't right. He's constantly cold, consumes hot coffee like it's ice cold and his personality becomes odd to say the least. In fact, apart from a goofy script with a silly dolly on wires, the episode is seriously flawed because it demands that Shatner emote--a lot. And, boy, does he over-emote. In fact, later in the show it becomes almost laughable how he reacts. You just have to see it to believe it. As a result, this is a definite dud in an otherwise great series.

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