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Release Date:
20 January 1959 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
"What you are about to see is a matter of human record. Explain it: we cannot. Disprove it: we cannot. We simply invite you to explore with us the amazing world of the Unknown ... to take that One Step ... Beyond."
Plot:
Produced at the same time as the more well-known Twilight Zone, this series fed the nation's growing... See more »
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Cast

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John Newland ... Himself - Host (95 episodes, 1959-1961)
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Series Directed by
John Newland (90 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Writing credits
Lawrence B. Marcus (72 episodes, 1959-1961)
Merwin Gerard (68 episodes, 1959-1961)
Martin Benson (14 episodes, 1961)
Don Mankiewicz (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Gabrielle Upton (6 episodes, 1960)
Collier Young (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Derry Quinn (4 episodes, 1961)
Catherine Turney (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Michael Plant (3 episodes, 1959)
Charles Larson (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jerome Gruskin (3 episodes, 1960)
Paul David (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Charles Beaumont (2 episodes, 1959)
Francis M. Cockrell (2 episodes, 1959)
Gail Ingram (2 episodes, 1959)
Russell Beggs (2 episodes, 1960)
Joseph Petracca (2 episodes, 1960)

Series Produced by
Collier Young .... producer (77 episodes, 1959-1961)
Merwin Gerard .... associate producer (69 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Original Music by
Harry Lubin (70 episodes, 1959-1961)
 
Series Cinematography by
Dale Deverman (82 episodes, 1959-1961)
Brendan J. Stafford (11 episodes, 1961)
Lionel Banes (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Film Editing by
Henry Berman (79 episodes, 1959-1961)
Derek Chambers (11 episodes, 1961)
John Baxter Rogers (2 episodes, 1959)
Spencer Reeve (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Casting by
Jasper Russel (35 episodes, 1959-1960)
Barry Gray (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Art Direction by
George W. Davis (64 episodes, 1959-1961)
William Ferrari (41 episodes, 1959-1960)
Addison Hehr (21 episodes, 1960-1961)
William A. Horning (15 episodes, 1959)
Frank White (13 episodes, 1961)
Feild M. Gray (12 episodes, 1959-1960)
Philip Barber (7 episodes, 1959)
Hans Peters (2 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Henry Grace (81 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jack Mills (77 episodes, 1959-1961)
F. Keogh Gleason (4 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Makeup Department
Alice Holmes .... hair stylist / hairdresser (6 episodes, 1961)
Jim Hydes .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1961)
William Tuttle .... makeup artist / makeup creator (4 episodes, 1959-1961)
Patricia McDermott .... hairdresser (2 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom McCrory .... assistant director (33 episodes, 1959-1960)
Donald C. Klune .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1959-1961)
Stanley Goldsmith .... assistant director (16 episodes, 1959)
David Tomblin .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1961)
Robert Saunders .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1960)
Erich von Stroheim Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959)
Maxwell O. Henry .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)

Robert H. Justman .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Leo M. Langlois .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor / sound (64 episodes, 1959-1961)
John Bramall .... sound mixer (6 episodes, 1961)
A.W. Watkins .... sound supervisor / supervising sound editor (6 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Stunts
Dick Crockett .... stunt double: Larry Gates (1 episode, 1961)
John Indrisano .... stunt double: Charles Bronson (1 episode, 1961)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Lowin .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1961)

Dennis Fraser .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Barry Gray .... casting (4 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Leonard Mann .... wardrobe / costumer (7 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Music Department
Harry Lubin .... music supervisor / music by / ... (13 episodes, 1959-1961)
Gilbert D. Marchant .... music editor (8 episodes, 1960-1961)
 
Series Other crew
Ivan Klapper .... special consultant / technical consultant (63 episodes, 1959-1961)
Jane Ficker .... script supervisor (41 episodes, 1959-1961)
Peter Marriott .... production coordinator (5 episodes, 1961)
Doris Martin .... continuity (5 episodes, 1961)
Andrija Puharich .... special consultant / technical consultant (3 episodes, 1960-1961)

Elizabeth Wilcox .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Alcoa Presents" - USA (alternative title)
"One Step Beyond" - USA (syndication title)
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Runtime:
25 min (96 episodes)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Through an oversight, Worldvision didn't renew the copyrights on most episodes of this series when they expired in the late 1980s, and they thus fell into the public domain. Since royalties didn't have to be paid to Worldvision, the result was a revival of the series on UHF and cable television and on VHS and DVD. Since well-worn syndication prints were and are typically used by those media, the results often leave something to be desired, quality-wise.See more »
Quotes:
John Newland:[episode introduction] What you are about to see is a matter of human record. Explain it: we cannot. Disprove it: we cannot. We simply invite you to explore with us the amazing world of the Unknown... to take that One Step... Beyond.See more »
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23 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Chilling Television, 7 September 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

There have been so many comparisons between this show and The Twilight Zone I may as well add my own two cents on the subject. These two shows were both hosted and created by men who had been active in live television. Rod Serling had been one of the top writers of the live so-called "golden age" of TV drama in the fifties, while John Newland had been a prominent actor on the small screen during the same period. Alcoa Presents (rerun as One Step Step Beyond, and best-remembered by this title) actually preceded the Zone by half a second, and ran for less than three full years. TZ has a bigger cult audience, but OSB (as I prefer to call it), has its admirers, of which I am one.

The Zone was liberal in tone, dark and moody in its photographic style. Its set designs, particularly its street scenes, were reminiscent of film noir. While the Zone's stories were all fiction, many adapted from short stories, OSB's producers claimed that its stories were all based on fact. The different styles of the two shows can be seen in the way their hosts presented themselves. Serling was dark, intense, urban and verbose. Newland was light, mild, laconic and somewhat effete. While Serling seemed like the sort of guy you'd see at the ballpark or at the fights, Newland was the kind of guy one might expect to turn up at the opera. Serling came off as very American in all respects, while Newland could almost pass as British.

OSB presented each episode as if it were the truth, only slightly dramatized. There was nothing on the surface to suggest that the show was in any way about the supernatural or ESP. The sets were unimaginative, prosaic, and often seemed flooded with light; as the overall visual style of the series was not that different from a commercial,--or an episode of the Loretta Young Show. What made the shows creepy were the acting, which was often excellent, and Harry Lubin's eerie, otherworldly music, which kicked in whenever something weird was happening. The actors tended to react to the strange goings-on realistically,--as it they were choking to death, had just seen a ghost, talked to a dead person or had witnessed a murder that had happened twenty years earlier--and the "startle reactions" on the faces of the players, plus Lubin's beyond the grave music, could send chills down one spine. This was a million miles from the often sentimental and didactic Zone, which seldom went for straight horror, straight sci-fi or straight anything unless there was a "meaning" (i.e. a point, a lesson), while the only lesson one learned from OSB was that "such things exist, such things happen". Chilling television, this was, and story-telling with a vengeance. "You want meaning?", Newland seemed to ask the viewer after each episode, "Go find it for yourself. My job is to give you the facts".

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