Season 1 Episode 22

The Liberators

Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Mar 11, 1964 on NBC

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  • Professor Escalon, the voice of the libertarian underground in a Latin American dictatorship, isn't dead, as people believe, but in hiding. Can he be smuggled out to America - and will he go?

    This episode has a few startling notions to make its familiar, faintly Hemingwayesque situation seem rather less hackneyed. Is freedom quite so desirable when it comes at a terrible price? And are the heroic proponents of revolution against dictatorship always purely motivated by altruism? The mercenary American, Hanley, is presented as the least ambiguous of the heroes, and his ruthlessness seems far nearer to being admirable than the liberal ditherings of his high-minded but indecisive colleague, Haxton. Donald Pleasence, as the tired, disillusioned revolutionary leader, gives an especially subtle performance under Seth Holt's tough-minded direction - he's a man who doesn't want to be a symbol of anything, not even the noblest aspirations, any longer.