Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 1, Episode 15

The Aerialist (28 Apr. 1959)

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An argument between two trapeze artists results in an accident in which one is paralyzed. The other is torn by guilt and depression, until supernatural forces began to change his world.



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Episode cast overview:
John Newland ...
Himself - Host
Mario Patruzzio (as Michael Connors)
Carlotta Patruzzio
Robert Carricart ...
Gino Patruzzio
Ruggero Romor ...
Paul Patruzzio
Penny Santon ...
Mama Patruzzio
Charles Watts ...
C.C. Higgins
Vernon Rich ...
Mary Patton ...
Ray Baker ...


An argument between two trapeze artists results in an accident in which one is paralyzed. The other is torn by guilt and depression, until supernatural forces began to change his world.

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28 April 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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When Mario completes the catch with his "father" who disappears, the catch bar is slowing down, when he tells his brother Rugerro to look at the catch bar it speeds up considerably. See more »

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High Wire Accident and the Supernatural Aftermath
21 July 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See all my reviews

A trapeze artist (Connors) has an argument with his father. During the act, he loses his grip on his father's wrist and the older man plummets to the ground, gravely injured.

Feeling remorseful, the young man cannot bring himself to see his father in the hospital. The old man does not leave the hospital for quite a time and the family breaks up the act when the son cannot perform due to his feelings of guilt.

Finally, when he does return to the trapeze, he falls from his high perch only to be caught by his father. When he goes to the hospital to see his father, he is shocked to discover the old man has not left his bed, and could not have saved him! Yet he was there!

This episode is more of a character study about what guilt can do to a person. But based on a true event, this strange tale suffers from a side plot involving jealousy between the brothers and the wife of one brother, who is not entirely in love with her husband. What this has to do with the miraculous rescue by the father, is unclear, as is the transfer from the kine-scope.

However, it is, after all a public domain copy and subject to the vagaries and cheapskate efforts of the second rate pirates who have transfered it to DVD without attempting to restore it. Let us hope that these rare old programs will yet be restored by World Vision and released in a decent collection.

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