Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 1, Episode 13

The Navigator (14 Apr. 1959)

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The crew of a nineteenth century sailing ship find that somebody has altered its course before catching a stowaway, a mute, soaking wet Oriental whom they clap in irons. The alteration in ... See full summary »

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John Newland ...
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Don Dubbins ...
First Mate Walter Blake
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Captain Peabody
Joel Fluellen ...
Cookie
Robert Osterloh ...
Mr. Dibble
Stephen Roberts ...
Second Mate Swanson
Olan Soule ...
Stowaway
Don Womack
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The crew of a nineteenth century sailing ship find that somebody has altered its course before catching a stowaway, a mute, soaking wet Oriental whom they clap in irons. The alteration in course leads them to rescue survivors of a ship sunk by an ice berg, though that ship's navigator is dead and is the spitting image of the Oriental, who has mysteriously disappeared. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Lost at sea
6 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

***SPOILERS*** "One Step Beyond" episode that was ironically broadcast on the 57th anniversary of the sinking of the "Titanic" on April 14, 1912 has to do with passenger ship the "Flying Eagle" hitting an iceberg off the coast of Greenland and sinking with all but a half dozen men on board. It just happened that the navigator of that doomed ship somehow got in touch with the near by "Try-Port Queens" and steered it toward the lifeboat where the survivors were and ended up rescuing them. As for the navigator, Olan Soule, he died from exposer hours before and some 100 miles away from the "Try-Port Queen" where he was seen writing the directions in the ship's logbook to steer it to save it's surviving passengers?

It's the "Try-Port Queen's" Captain Peabody, Robert Ellenstein, who had first suspected that his first mate Walter Blake, Don Dubbins, wrote the directions to send the ship northward thus taking it off it course on its way to Boston. But when finding the mystery man, the "Flying Eagle" navigator, hiding in the below deck compartment he realized that Blake was completely innocent of the charges that he lodged against him.

The kicker to this entire bizarre tale is that the navigator was alive and on deck of the the " Try-Port Queen" for some four hours after he was already dead and on the lifeboat with the surviving "Flying Eagle" passengers! With all these strange happenings it was better for both Captain Peabody and first mate Blake to keep that fact to themselves. If they didn't they'd both be deemed insane and put away in a mental institution for the rest of their lives!


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