On tonight’s epiosde of One Step Beyond, we visit the legend of the ghostly hitchhiker.
Will Sally ever make it home?
This episode originally aired on October 18th, 1960!
If tonight’s episode of One Step Beyond seems familiar, that’s because it’s a remake of a story that was originally filmed as an episode of The Veil.
This time, instead of witnessing a murder occurring in another apartment, it’s a suicide that is witnessed by artist Anthony March (Michael Higgins). Of course, when he investigates, he discovers that the apartment in empty. Is Anthony hallucinating or has he gone one step beyond and is he seeing the future? Watch to find out!
By the way, that’s future Oscar winner Louise Fletcher playing Anthony’s model.
This originally aired on November 3rd, 1959.
When young Davey Morris tells his parents that he’s been hanging out with a friendly Bigfoot-type creature, all of the adults in town react in the worst way possible.
This episode, from the second season of One Step Beyond, was one of the first to deal with the legend of Bigfoot. Needless to say, it’s the adults who turn out to be the true monsters in this scenario.
This episode originally aired on October 20th, 1959.
On tonight’s episode of One Step Beyond, Cloris Leachman plays Rita Wallace, an American photographer in France. She’s looking for a model whose face will serve as the ultimate symbol of the country. One day, a haunted-looking man (Marel Dalio) shows up at her apartment. She thinks he’s a model. The truth, needless to say, is something quite different….
This episode features good performances from both Leachman and Dalio. In real life, Dalio was an icon of French cinema and a favorite of Jean Renoir’s. When the Nazis invaded France, the Jewish Dalio fled Paris and, after a harrowing journey, eventually made it to America. In America, he played the croupier in Casablanca and appeared in several other films. Tragically, the rest of his family did not escape and were murdered by the Nazis. Dalio returned to France after the end of the war and remained an in-demand character actor for several more decades, making his final film appearance in 1980.
The Darkroom originally aired on February 10th, 1959.
For today’s televised horror, we have an episode of the 1960s anthology series, One Step Beyond. One Step Beyond was like (and aired at the same time as) The Twilight Zone, except that it often claimed that it’s stories were all based on fact.
In this episode, a young Englishwoman is haunted by dreams of drowning. Try as she might, she can’t get the feeling of doom out of her mind. Perhaps her upcoming trip to New York will help to relax her. Her fiancee even tells her that they’ll be traveling to New York on the most luxurious ship ever built. The name of that ship? Why, the Titanic, of course.
For the record, there actually were quite a few people who apparently did have psychic premonitions of doom when it came to the Titanic. Perhaps the most infamous example was the author Morgan Robertson, who wrote a novel in 1898 that was called The Wreck of the Titan: Or, Futility. That book managed to perfectly predict that sinking of the Titanic, right down to the iceberg and the number of lives lost.
This episode originally aired on January 27th, 1959.
For our final episode of The Veil, we have a look at one of the most infamous real world monsters of all time, Jack the Ripper.
In this atmospheric episode, a London clairvoyant (Niall MacGinnis) is haunted by visions of the Whitechapel murders. Unfortunately, his attempts to help the police only leads to them treating him like a suspect! Each episode of The Veil was usually described as being “based on a true story.” In this case, it’s actually true. A medium named Robert Lees — renamed Walter in this episode — actually did go to the police with claims that he had seen the murders and could identify the killer.
This is the only episode of The Veil in which Boris Karloff acts only as host. That’s because this episode was not originally made for the series. Instead, it was intended for an unrelated British anthology show. The producers of the Veil later bought the episode and tacked on an introduction by Boris Karloff. Of course, because The Veil itself never actually aired on television as a result of the production company running into financial problems, Jack the Ripper never aired in the U.S. It was, however, later included in an anthology film that was put together using four episodes of The Veil.
Enjoy! That’s it for The Veil. Tomorrow, we start a whole new series!
Tonight’s episode of The Veil is a weird one.
Basically, Armand Vernoy (Jean Del Val) is haunted by not only the death of Indian his wife but also the fact that he’s lost all of his money “in the war” and will not be able to send his son, Krishna (George Hamilton) off to study with the world-renowned Prof. Charles Goncourt (Boris Karloff, who not only hosts but gets to play a kindly character for once). Then a young woman named Santha Naidu (Lee Torrance) shows up. She’s a year younger than Krishna but she claims to be his mother, reincarnated! Meanwhile, back in India, a young man hopes to marry Santha but he’s been told that he can’t because she’s already been married in a previous life….
This is an okay episode, though definitely not as good as some of the previous episodes of The Veil. Boris doesn’t get to do much but it’s kind of nice to see him play a character who is as nice as he apparently was in real life. If this episode were made today, the casting of Torrance and Hamilton as Indians would undoubtedly be extremely controversial.
Anyway, enjoy this trip to 1958!