Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 3, Episode 2

Anniversary of a Murder (27 Sep. 1960)

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A married businessman is having a secret affair, and one night while he's driving home drunk from a rendezvous with his mistress, he runs over and kills a young boy. No one saw him so he ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Harry Townes ...
Gerald Simms
Frances Hiller
Amzie Strickland ...
Miss Welles
Alexander Lockwood ...
Mr. Dickenson
James Maloney ...
Tom Cruickshank
John Newland ...
Himself - Host


A married businessman is having a secret affair, and one night while he's driving home drunk from a rendezvous with his mistress, he runs over and kills a young boy. No one saw him so he believes he got away with it, but soon he is astonished to hear what he believes to be his victim's voice on his dictaphone. Written by

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27 September 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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I cant see! I can't see! It's all Black!
31 May 2011 | by (brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** It's Friday May 6, 1960 and New York business executive Gerald Simms, Harry Townes, has no idea what the date means in his life, in him trying to forget it, until he turns on his office tape-recorder to make out a report. Out of the recorder comes the voice of a young man crying out "I can't see I Can't see! it's all Black!" is all that the tape-recorder recorded and the meaning of those words put Simms into a state of total shock! It was exactly a year to the day on Wednesday May 6, 1959 that Simms and his secret lover the also "happily married" Fran Hiller, Randy Stuart, whom Simms had been cheating on his wife Janet with drove into a young biker and left him to die in not calling the police for help.

With Simms quickly losing it in not being able to erase the cry for help on his tape-recorder he gets in touch with Fran so she could confirm that he was not going crazy but in fact hearing the cry for help that both he and Fran ignored. Sure enough Fran hears the same cry as he did that drives her just as loony as Simms is! Getting in his car and driving down the very same country road that he did a year ago that killed the young biker Simms trying to swerve out of the way of a biker in the darkness slams into a tree killing himself! As it turned out there was no one on the road for Simms to hit but there was a large oak tree off the road for him to smash into.

***SPOILERS*** As it turns out as were shown by the host John Newland there was no such massage on Simms tape recorder! It was only Simms and Fran who were the only ones who heard it! And it was their guilt of leaving the young boy to die that somehow invaded their minds and made them hear the cries for help that they,in saving their own necks and marriages,tried to put out of their minds all that time! Which in the end finally caught up with the two and finally brought them, Fran later turned herself over to the police, to final and ultimate justice!

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