The Outer Limits - Original

Don't Open Till Doomsday

Season 1, Ep 17, Aired 1/20/64
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  • Episode Description
  • Eloping lovers come on a strange house. There they find an old woman still despairing over the loss of her fiance on their wedding day many years ago. Little does she know that one of her wedding presents is responsible for the disappearance of the groom: the present with the card that reads "Don't Open Till Doomsday".

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joseph Stefano

  • Gerd Oswald

  • Leslie Stevens (II)

  • Dominic Frontiere

  • Elaine Michea

  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • Vintage Outer Limits!

    By revbucky, Jan 15, 2009

  • One of the creepiest, most atmospheric, and memorable episodes of the series, on par with the greats of the Twilight Zone.

    By Tenebrous1, Feb 14, 2008

  • Overly silly episode just does not pull it off

    By djcooke, Jun 09, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Mary Kry: (Talking to Harvey Kry about the alien)What do you care if he destroys the world? Let him annihilate a million worlds! What are worlds to people who live in hell?

    • Gard Hayden: (While entering the bridal suite after being locked out) Nothing like being on the wrong side of a stuck door on your wedding night.

    • Justice of the Peace's Wife: (Speaking to a newlywed couple about a local honeymoon suite) She's finally decided to rent that big, empty, bridal suite on the top floor. Heaven itself couldn't find you there.

    • Control Voice: (closing narration) Without that deadly talent for being in the right place at the right time evil must suffer defeat, and with each defeat doomsday is postponed for at least one more day.

    • Control Voice: (opening narration) The greatness of evil lies in its awful accuracy. Without that deadly talent for being in the right place at the right time evil must suffer defeat. For unlike its opposite good, evil is allowed no human failings, no miscalculations. Evil must be perfect or depend upon the imperfections of others.

    Trivia (2)

    • In this episode, Russell Collins portrays a justice of the peace who suspects that the couple he is marrying is below the age of consent. In the Dick Van Dyke Show episode "Very Old Shoes, Very Old Rice," Rob must re-marry Laura because she was underage at the time of their first marriage, and Russell Collins portrays the judge who performs the ceremony.

    • An old newspaper in the bridal suite gives the viewer a clue to the contents of the mysterious box. It reads: "The Winterfield Bugle, Saturday, June 15, 1929. Noted Scientist Declares Country Invaded by Enemies from Outer Space. Dr. Mordecai Spazman branded 'comic strip fanatic' by Academy President Harvey Kry, Sr." Harvey Kry, Jr. disappeared on his wedding night when the box was delivered during his wedding reception.

    Allusions (1)

    • Mrs. Kry closely parallels Mrs. Haversham from Charles Dickens' "Great Expectations." Being deprived of her groom on her wedding day, she keeps her bridal suite untouched for 35 years.

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    • larryarbanas Jan 20, 2015

      Yee Gads! That awful MONSTER in the box! It's a steaming pile 'o poopies with an eyeball and a shit-eating grin! I haven't slept in days. Somebody help me!