Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 2, Episode 14

Make Me Not a Witch (22 Dec. 1959)

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A farm girl's parents are terrified when their daughter reveals that she can read minds. But a priest knows that her gifts can save two young lives.



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Episode cast overview:
John Newland ...
Himself - Host
Emmy Horvath
Robert Emhardt ...
Mrs. Horvath
Leo Penn ...
Jed Horvath
Deena Goldstone ...
Jill Riley (as Deena Gerard)
Jimmy Baird ...
Captain Riley's Son
William Greene ...
Captain Riley
Pedro Regas ...
Juan Orriba
Preston Hanson ...
Charlotte Knight ...
Housekeeper (as Charlott Knight)


Emmy Horvath, a farm girl, innocently reveals to her mother and father that she can read their minds and the minds of others. She takes her ability for granted, but her psychic power terrifies her parents, who worry that she'll be condemned as a witch and taken away from them. Emmy flees to an unfamiliar church, where she prays, "Make me not a witch." A priest sees her and persuades her to tell him her secret. She does, but makes him promise to tell no one. Later, a fisherman turns up on a beach. The fisherman knows that two children are trapped alone on an island, but which one? The old man's paralytic stroke prevents him from being able to tell anyone. The priest, who has been called to the fisherman's side, knows that the one person who can enter the old man's mind is the girl with the paranormal gift. Written by J. Spurlin

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22 December 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Mrs. Horvath: Emmy, time to set the table.
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One of the best of the series.
6 March 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Make Me Not a Witch" is one of the best episodes of "One Step Beyond". While I still don't believe the narrator (John Newland) when he insists that the story is true, it did make for a very dandy story.

The show is set somewhere in the rural US and the people involved are a bit superstitious. So, when their 12 year-old suddenly begins reading her parents thoughts, they panic and warn her NEVER to tell anyone. If she does, they believe she'll be put away in a mental institution or others will think she is a witch. However, this secret is too much for the girl to keep to herself and she ends up talking to a very kindly priest. He is skeptical at first but soon realizes she can, indeed, read his mind. However, he's not superstitious and thinks, perhaps, this is not an omen of evil but might be used for good. But the girl and her parents are afraid—and when an opportunity arises for her to use her God-given powers, they are hesitant to get involved or divulge their secret.

I liked this episode a lot because it surprised me several times. It also provided a really neat twist at the end, though I won't say more! See this one for yourself.

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