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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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

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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I wouldn't come back if you gave me the entire circus and threw a parachute in for good measures!
24 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** Trouble is stirring under the big top when the catch man of the famous "Flying Patruzzios" Mario, Michael Connors, had a falling out with his dad Paul, Ruggero Romor, over his cheating wife Carlotta, Yvette Vickers, that lead Mario being slapped silly by his dad. Feeling hurt and humiliated Mario wasn't exactly at his best when the show was to start on the trapeze with him pouring sweat over his hands and body. As it turned Mario lost his dad's grip and had him fall 80 feet to the ground where he ended up paralyzed from the neck on down. Guit ridden and afraid that his comatose dad felt he dropped him on purpose Mario quit the act and started to drink his troubles away not having the nerve to see his dad and ask his forgiveness which he felt he'll never get.

It took a while but with Carlotta laving him Mario realized that his dad was right about her and that his fight with him over her made him look both foolish and ridicules. With his younger brother Gino,Robert Carricart, begging him to get back to work Mario felt that he first has to do what he feels he has to do to, get back on the high wire, in order to get his confused and guilt ridden head and conscience straighten out. In the deserted circus Mario got back on the flying trapezes and preform without a net or catch man and let the chips, as well as himself , fall where they may. As crazy as Mario's idea was it turned his life around not only surviving this brainless act of his but somehow having his dad forgive him for what he in fact caused him!

***SPOILERS*** Hard to explain but what Mario did and what happened to him convinced him that his dad, who's paralyzed for life, came through for him when he needed him most! Not just saving him from breaking his neck and possibly ending up dead but giving him the both the strength & courage as well as confidence to get back to the life, as a member of the "Flying Patruzzio's", that he left behind and buried! A life that his paralyzed dad somehow convinced him wasn't worth throwing away!

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