Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 2, Episode 17

Earthquake (12 Jan. 1960)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama | Fantasy | Mystery
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In 1906 San Francisco, many famous people gather at a hotel to hear renowned opera singer Enrico Caruso perform. However, a bellboy at the hotel suddenly has visions of impending mass ... See full summary »

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John Newland ...
Himself - Host
David Opatoshu ...
Gerald Perkins
Olan Soule ...
Harris (as Olan Soulé)
Harry Ellerbe ...
Mr. Adams
Elvira Curci ...
Rosa Bandetti
Martin Garralaga ...
Carlo Bandetti
Herb Vigran ...
Grocery Wagon Driver
Oliver McGowan ...
Mr. Stevens
Gregg Stewart ...
Harry Perkins
Steve Fenton
Wayne Mallory
Nora Marlowe ...
Woman
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In 1906 San Francisco, many famous people gather at a hotel to hear renowned opera singer Enrico Caruso perform. However, a bellboy at the hotel suddenly has visions of impending mass destruction and death, but he can't get anyone to listen to him. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Enjoyable nonsense
6 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"One Step Beyond" claimed in each episode that the stories you are watching are based on true accounts. However, I noticed this episode equivocated a bit and used words like 'may' and 'probably'. Well, if you ask me, it's all a lot of crap. Well written and interesting…but crap. David Opatashu plays a bellboy, Gerald Perkins. He works in a hotel San Francisco and it is 1906—the same year of the great earthquake. However, something odd happens several times—he sees and experiences the earthquake BEFORE it actually occurred. Unfortunately, this precognition didn't help as everyone thought he was a nut and didn't listen to his repeated attempts to warn everyone. Ultimately, the quake did come just as he predicted.

Aside from the fact that I don't believe any of this story, I noticed that the show repeated a common myth—that animals somehow know a quake is coming and they run long before it arrives. This isn't true, of course. But, if you ignore all the misinformation, the show is interesting and Opatashu turns in another fine performance—as he nearly always did on 1960s TV. Worth seeing but crap.


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