Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 2, Episode 6

The Inheritance (27 Oct. 1959)

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In a seedy bar washed up drunk Michael Barry tells the presenter how an elderly countess to whom he was a gigolo died wearing a beautiful necklace, as did her dowdy companion who inherited ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Sean McClory ...
Michael Barry
Jan Miner ...
Grace Harkness
Estelita Rodriguez ...
Iphigenie Castiglioni ...
Countess Ferenzi
Jose Gonzales-Gonzales ...
Jose (as Jose Gonzales Gonzales)
Robert Tafur ...
John Verros ...
John Newland ...
Himself - Host


In a seedy bar washed up drunk Michael Barry tells the presenter how an elderly countess to whom he was a gigolo died wearing a beautiful necklace, as did her dowdy companion who inherited the jewelry. Barry was not superstitious until he gave the necklace to another woman, who went the same way, leaving him unhinged. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 October 1959 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The Dangers of Chokers
3 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This should have been a better episode of ONE STEP BEYOND, but a fatal error was made with trick photography too early.

At the start we see Michael Barry (Sean McClory) in a hospital bed, apparently on his last legs, explaining that he was innocent of the two deaths that were involved in the crime blamed on him. And he begs that his listener (John Newland) hear his story.

Countess Ferrengi is a selfish, nasty old lady (Iphigenie Castiglioni) who has two servants, Barry (her butler) and Nina (her maid - Estelita Rodriguez). Barry has a girlfriend, Grace Harkness (Jan Minor), who is losing interest in him because he can't give him anything that she wants, like jewelry. Barry keeps noticing the Countess's extensive jewelry collection - possibly he could steal some. He also has to keep Nina, who is really interested in him, from pursuing him.

Then the Countess is found dead. The police are called in, because the woman was choked to death. But although plainly strangled, no fingerprints are found on the woman's throat. However, the police notice that the chief piece of jewelry that belonged to the Countess has vanished - a stunning choker. They narrow their questions to Barry, who claims he knows nothing about the theft and murder.

Barry is packing his own property, when Nina approaches him. She wants him to run away with her - they can afford it. How, he asks. She says she'll show him. She goes into her room, and we see her putting on the choker. Then we hear her scream. Barry runs in, and finds Nina strangled, and the missing choker on the ground. He picks it up and flees with it.

He goes to Grace, and tells her he has just found the choker - they can go abroad with it and they'll be set. She asks if she can try it on. He gives it to her, and she puts it on, and then starts screaming that she can't breath. She tries to rip the choker off, and Barry does. Grace collapses breathing heavily, while Barry (thoroughly confused) looks at the choker - and sees it twisting together like two hands of a strangler.

At the tail end of the show Newland explains that there have been several cases of property (especially jewelry) picking up kinetic energy of a destructive nature from owners that cruel or nasty. He even mentions a young woman in the 19th Century strangled by her necklace. I couldn't say if that is true or not (I tend not to believe it). But I will say the effect of the episode was ruined when (after the death of the Countess) they show the choker close up, and it is trembling and twisting as though it is strangling a throat. In short, the secret of the plot was prematurely revealed to the audience. Too bad.

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