One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Captain's Guests 

A sadistic sea captain from the 19th century haunts a New England home and poisons the lives of a married couple after taking possession of the husband's mind.



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Newland ...
Himself - Host
Andrew Courtney
Nancy Hadley ...
Ellen Courtney
Thomas Coley ...
Bill Oker
Felix Locher ...
Old Man
Jon Lormer ...
Realtor Leach


A young couple move into a house on the New England coast, even though they are warned by the locals that the house is haunted. They soon find out how right the locals were when the ghost of the former owner, a sea captain, begins to take control of their lives. Written by

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Release Date:

26 May 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
John Newland: Have you ever had the feeling that you knew what someone was going to say just before he said it? Or have you ever walked into a strange room and had the sensation that you'd been there before? Well if you have, you've taken a small step beyond.
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A Shadow Play
4 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

New England's coastline is full of 200-year-old haunted houses, but second honeymooners Robert Webber and Nancy Hadley (as Andrew and Ellen Courtney) seem oblivious to the fact. They decide to rent a house, despite the unfriendly-looking portrait hanging inside, of previous owner "Michael Clawson" (1860-1902). Locals warn the couple about the place, but they pay them no heed. While Ms. Hadley rummages through an old trunk, Mr. Webber seems momentarily possessed by a malicious entity. Webber says he won't let the "dark and spooky" bother him. Meanwhile, Hadley finds the diary of the man in the portrait, and notices her husband acting more and more like the cruel old sea captain. Is Webber becoming possessed by the spirit of "Michael Clawson"?

**** The Captain's Guests (5/26/59) Charles Beaumont ~ Robert Webber, Nancy Hadley, Thomas Coley

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