Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 1, Episode 4

The Dark Room (10 Feb. 1959)

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A female photojournalist on assignment in France takes an apartment and begins to work with a somewhat mysterious male model. Thngs come to a head when she has a brush with the supernatural that could well mean her death.

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An American photographer in France asks her new landlady for models with interesting faces. When a haunted-looking man shows up in her room she is thrilled; but the reason for his sadness will prove to be as horrible as who - or what - he really is. Written by J. Spurlin

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Cloris Leachman gives a natural, unaffected yet theatrical performance in this otherwise flat, predictable story
11 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

An American photographer (Cloris Leachman) in France asks her new landlady (Ann Codee) for models with interesting faces. When a haunted-looking man (Marcel Dalio) shows up in her room she is thrilled; but the reason for his sadness will prove to be as horrible as who—or what—he really is.

Cloris Leachman is a marvelous actress and puts this episode a cut above many others in this series. Her reactions to surprising events—from the water that shoots out of her faucet to the sudden angry passion of her mysterious visitor—seem natural and unrehearsed. She also has an unaffected theatricality; notice the elegant position of her arm as she holds up a negative to the light. The script has one virtue: the dialogue is invariably convincing. Leachman's character always sounds as a real person would when faced with inexplicable occurrences. Otherwise the story is flat and predictable. As soon as Leachman begins taking photos of her weird new model, we already know what she will—and will not—see after she develops those negatives.


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