The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Man with the Power 

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Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aid in a space project to mine ... See full summary »

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Laslo Benedek

Writer:

Jerome Ross
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Episode complete credited cast:
Donald Pleasence ... Harold J. Finley
Priscilla Morrill ... Vera Finley
Fred Beir ... Steve Crandon
Frank Maxwell ... Keenan
John Marley ... Dr. Sigmund Hindeman
Paul Lambert ... Dr. Henschell
James McCallion ... Dr. Tremaine
Harry Ellerbe ... Doctor
Edward Platt ... Dean Radcliffe (as Edward C. Platt)
Anne Loos Anne Loos ... Emily Radcliffe
Paul Kent Paul Kent ... Detective
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Milquetoast college teacher Harold lacks tenure, and the ability to stand up to anyone, especially his shrewish wife. But after a brain operation so he can aid in a space project to mine asteroids, a giant electrical vortex appears when he's angry at someone, unleashing the earth's Magnetic Fields against the offender. Harold is unaware of the new power of his Id, while the rocket scientists are thrilled at compliant Harold's conscious ability to focus massive energy. Written by David Stevens

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1963 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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From this episode forward, the opening monologue by the Control Voice is shorter. See more »

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One of the scientists at the space center wrongly describes titanium as a fissionable element. See more »

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Vera Finley: You wouldn't hurt anyone even if you could. You're not a violent man. You've never hated anyone, never.
Harold J. Finley: Not to hurt them, no, Vera. But I have this power. It acts whether I want it to or not.
Vera Finley: No, Harold, you don't have any power. You've always been quiet. You told me yourself you're too mild, you're too weak.
Harold J. Finley: No more, Vera! I could split this ceiling open if I wanted to! I could crash down these walls. I could splinter this whole block into bricks and rubble.
Vera Finley: Harold, you're a little man, a ...
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The Mind Side Effect
14 February 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

The college professor Harold J. Finley is a shy and little man married to the nagging Vera. After a surgery where a device he has developed is implanted in his brain, Harold achieves the power of moving heavy objects using his mind. The space agency decides to use his invent in an astronaut for the next spaceflight. However there is also an unexpected side effect and Harold unconsciously revenges humiliations and bad treatment vaporizing his offenders. He concludes that Earth may be destroyed and tries to stop the surgery the astronaut will be submitted. Will he succeed?

"The Man with the Power" is an intriguing episode of "The Outer Limits". Harold J. Finley learns how dangerous the human mind can be while feelings such as hatred, death wish or revenge are not capable to be controlled. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "O Homem com o Poder" ("The Man with the Power")


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