The Outer Limits (1963–1965)
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The Chameleon 

To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. ... See full summary »

Director:

Gerd Oswald

Writers:

Robert Towne (teleplay by), Robert Towne (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Duvall ... Louis Mace
Howard Caine ... Leon Chambers
Douglas Henderson Douglas Henderson ... Dr. Tillyard
William O'Connell ... The Creature (as William O'Connel)
Henry Brandon ... General Crawford
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To save Earth from invasion, scientists alter a human into a replica of one of the aliens. The human subject Mace is a remorseless killer, who easily adapts to any personality required. Giving up his body and life means little to him, he relishes this ultimate test of his chameleon powers. But how much loyalty will the vicious Mace have for his fellow humans? Written by David Stevens

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The title refers to a type of horned lizard who has parrot-like feet and stereoscopic eyes. The species is originally found in Africa and on the Iberian peninsula, but has been transplanted to Hawaii, Florida and the southern United States. Not all varieties have the ability to adapt their coloring to that of the surrounding environment. See more »

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The aliens fail to react to the sound of Mace's chest buzzer, even though they are standing right next to him. See more »

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Control Voice: The race of man is known for its mutability, we can change our moods, our faces, our lives, to suit what ever situation confronts us. Adapt and survive. Even among the most changeable of living things, man is quick silver, more chameleon like than the chameleon, no matter what the cost to others, or himself.
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More Fear of Alien Invasion Countered by Cosmetic Surgery
16 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A much younger Robert Duvall volunteers to be changed into an alien so he can infiltrate a space ship that is potentially dangerous. When confronted, some soldiers have been killed and it is assumed that the aliens are out for blood. An overzealous Colonel wants to destroy them while the scientists try to convince him to show patience. Duvall, who has disdain for the world, feels it is worth the consequences of being transformed for the rest of his life. He is a subversive assassin and is filled with self-loathing. He is able to infiltrate the space ship but is immediately recognized as an invader ("It is like a dog being able to recognize a cat" says one of the aliens). Most of the tension is brought about by the possible decision to kill these guys. The hesitation is that they may have fissionable material on board, leading to a potential big time explosion. The ethics of this are as true today as they were in 1964. We are confronting a lot of threats these days; how will be approach them.


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