One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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Brainwave 

Aboard a United States ship in Japanese waters during World War II, Captain Fielding is critically injured. A hospital corpsman must perform surgery with only the radio voice of a doctor on another ship to guide him.

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Pharmacist's Mate Harris
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Lt. Cmdr. Stacey
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Capt. Will Fielding
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Seaman Driscol (as Bob Osborne)
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Capt. Clyde Madison
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Aboard a United States ship in Japanese waters during World War II, Captain Fielding is critically injured. A hospital corpsman must perform surgery with only the radio voice of a doctor on another ship to guide him.

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The Battle of the Bottle
14 March 2010 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Thrown in the brig for drunkenness, seaman George Grizzard (as Harris) is called upon to operate on his ship's Captain Whit Bissell (as Will Fielding), after Mr. Fielding is wounded in a World War II battle. Fielding suspects something was troubling the once dependable pharmacist's mate. "I got the shakes so bad I can't do this," Grizzard pleads. But, Tod Andrews (as Stacey) insists. In a nicely written supporting story, Mr. Grizzard is guilty about encouraging his kid brother to enlist.

The otherwise routine and predictable plot, from "Twilight Zone" writer Charles Beaumont, is noticeably well-suited to the "One Step Beyond" TV medium. Note how Grizzard's guilt mixes with alcohol and his brother's interest in religion (he wanted to be a missionary). "Brainwave" is also performed exceptionally well by Grizzard and the crew. Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host Bob Osborne makes a fine impression as the shell-shocked young soldier cracking during the opening battle.

****** Brainwave (10/6/59) John Newland ~ George Grizzard, Tod Andrews, Whit Bissell, Bob Osborne


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