One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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House of the Dead 

British Lieutenant Fraser, stationed in Hong Kong, is returning home to England and wants to take with him his Chinese fiancée, but when she disappears hours before their departure, a ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mario Alcalde ...
Lt. Harry Fraser
Laya Raki ...
Mai Ling
Stephen Cheng ...
Mr. Lum
Allen Jung ...
Scarred Rickshaw Driver
Hilda Plowright ...
Mother Superior
Gail Bonney ...
Barry Bernard ...
British Officer
Tour Guide
Beal Wong ...
Blind Old Man
John Newland ...
Himself - Host


British Lieutenant Fraser, stationed in Hong Kong, is returning home to England and wants to take with him his Chinese fiancée, but when she disappears hours before their departure, a frantic Lt. Fraser finds himself searching through Hong Kong's mysterious side streets and encountering even more mysterious people. Written by Gary R. Peterson

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Release Date:

7 June 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dead on his feet
13 May 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY USA) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** It's when the lovely Eurasian Hong Kong's Sisters of Mercy's hospital morgue attendant Mai Ling, Laya Raki, took off leaving her lover British Army Let. Harry Fraser, Mario Alcalde, out in the cold that he in desperation tried to track her down through supernatural means.

Mai Ling who was madly in love with Harry didn't see any future in her marrying him in that the two come from entirely different background. This may well have prevented Let. Harry Fraser in getting a promotion to captain or even major in the British Army. For his part Harry couldn't care less about his future in the British Military all he wanted was to be married to Mai Ling no matter what the consequences were!

On a tip Harry went to see the blind Old Man, Beal Wong, on the Street of the Cat in downtown Hong Kong for guidance in where to find Mai Ling and was told, after deep meditation, by him that she's in the house of the dead! This can mean that Mai Ling can be in any of the hundreds of morgue's mausoleums or funeral homes in the city! And with Harry Fraser having less then 30 minutes to return to his ship it will be next to impossible for him to find Mai Ling, dead or alive, before his time runs out!

****SPOILERS*** A heart broken Harry in flagging down a local rickshaw driver, Allen Jung, to take him to his ship the driver instead takes Harry to a hospital morgue where to his great surprise he finds the missing Mai Ling working there attending the dead! What's even far more shocking is that the rickshaw driver, with his head looking like it was split open with a samurai sword, was one of the stiffs that Mai Ling was attending too! Both Harry Fraser and Mai Ling soon realize that the rickshaw driver's spirit guided Harry to Mai Ling so they,forgetting about the differences in their racial backgrounds, can finally be together. But the big question is how could the rickshaw driver be at two places at the same time, a dead body in the hospital morgue and alive and driving his rickshaw, to be able to accomplish all this?

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