Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 1, Episode 21

Front Runner (9 Jun. 1959)

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Two rival jockeys compete for the top spot at a racetrack, but one of them has an unexpected brush with the supernatural that may give him the edge.



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Episode cast overview:
John Newland ...
Himself - Host
Ben Cooper ...
Ronnie Watson
Walter Burke ...
Sam Barry
Sandy Kenyon ...
Tim Berryman
Rita Lupino ...
Jerry Hausner ...
First Judge
J. Edward McKinley ...
Second Judge


Two rival jockeys compete for the top spot at a racetrack, but one of them has an unexpected brush with the supernatural that may give him the edge.

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9 June 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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It's theme involving guilty is very, very familiar
6 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The theme to "Frontrunner" is a common one on "One Step Beyond"—a guilty conscience. The show begins with a ban in intensive care and he's dying. Despite this, he insists that the reporter be allowed to stay and the dying man wants to explain his story. It seems that he's a very famous jockey—perhaps the best jockey there ever was. However, when he was younger, he allowed his anger to destroy another jockey and he had to get it off his chest. Following the incident where he hurt this other man, he went on to greater and greater success. However, one day he saw the other jockey again and this meeting ending up being MEGA-creepy.

While this is not among the best episodes for the series, it is solid and well acted. My only complaints are that like all the other shows, I really doubt the narrator (John Newland) when he insists the story is true and the other is that the actor playing the dying man was just too big to be believable as a jockey.

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