Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 3, Episode 11

Tonight at 12:17 (6 Dec. 1960)

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Laura Perkins is expecting a baby, and the pregnancy is worrying her. She is soon shocked to discover, however, that her condition has resulted in her having extraordinary psychic powers. ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Peggy Ann Garner ...
Laura Perkins
John Lasell ...
John Perkins
Gene Lyons ...
Sam Blake
Jack Lester ...
Doctor Maroney
Barbara Bell Wright ...
David De Haven ...
John Newland ...
Himself - Host


Laura Perkins is expecting a baby, and the pregnancy is worrying her. She is soon shocked to discover, however, that her condition has resulted in her having extraordinary psychic powers. She determines to use these new powers to save the life of her unborn child. Written by

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6 December 1960 (USA)  »

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On the second night when visibly pregnant Laura Perkins hears an airplane above her house, she sits down on a bed with her back to the camera. Her husband helps her into bed and pulls up the covers, and Laura's 'baby bump' is not there. Apparently this take was done without simulating her pregnancy. See more »

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Catch a Falling Plane
4 July 2011 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In North Hollywood, pregnant Peggy Ann Garner (as Laura) hears a plane approaching dangerously close to her house, but concerned husband John Lasell (as John "Johnny" Perkins) hears nothing. When these incidents get stronger, Ms. Garner feels it's a premonition. She thinks a plane is going to crash into her house "Tonight at 12:17" and kill her family. "The plane! The plane!" she cries. The doctor thinks Garner is having hysterical delusions due to her pregnancy, like a craving for pickles. Garner convinces Mr. Lasell something serious may be afoot, and he investigates mysterious plane N-5227-K...

This story is based on the thesis, as explained in the opening by host John Newland, that pregnant women have extra sensory perception. This is because all the senses are heightened during pregnancy, including a woman's "sixth sense." My opinion is that this unusual quality is better called a fetus or baby, and comes with no precognition powers. However implausible, the story does have some suspense as you wait to see if Garner's plane will crash into the roof. Garner looks like contemporary favorite Janet Leigh. Lasell investigated paranormal activities on "Dark Shadows" in 1966, and was convinced.

**** Tonight at 12:17 (12/6/60) John Newland ~ Peggy Ann Garner, John Lasell, Gene Lyons, Jack Lester

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