Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond: Season 2, Episode 23

Vanishing Point (23 Feb. 1960)

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Quarrelsome couple Fred and Mary Graham rent an old house but, following an argument, Mary disappears. Fred is tried for her murder but released for lack of evidence. However, he discovers ... See full summary »

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Fred Graham
Fredd Wayne ...
Lieutenant Barnes
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Ruth Graham
Byron Foulger ...
Judge
William Allyn ...
Defense Attorney
Arthur Hanson ...
Prosecutor
Amzie Strickland ...
Agatha Dunlap
C. Lindsay Workman ...
(voice) (as Lindsay Workman)
John Newland ...
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Quarrelsome couple Fred and Mary Graham rent an old house but, following an argument, Mary disappears. Fred is tried for her murder but released for lack of evidence. However, he discovers that several previous occupants of the house have also mysteriously vanished without trace. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Mysterious disappearance and false accusations
21 July 2006 | by (California - Film Capitol of the World) – See all my reviews

In "The Vanishing Point" (ep. 2-23) We find Fred Graham (Binns) and his wife Ruth (Vincent) are having marital trouble. They are renting a house in the country to "relax" and try to rekindle their romance. But all they seem to do is argue. Finally Ruth tells her husband that she had been feeling like there was no hope left for them and that she could just disappear from life. Fred is surprised by this comment but when his wife enters the house, he pauses a moment on the porch to consider. Then following Ruth into the house, he answers her and she does not reply.

Thinking that she is in a huff, he looks around to try to make amends, but cannot find his wife anywhere. Fred even searches the basement. When he calls the police and reports his wife missing, the police lieutenant (Wayne) is sure that Graham has murdered his wife. He takes Graham into custody and Fred is eventually tried. When insufficient evidence forces the court to release Fred, he vows to discover what happened to his wife and returns to the house to search for clues.

While searching, he is startled to hear an insistent knocking at the front door. But when he reaches the stairs, he sees below a woman he doesn't recognize. She is tearful and upset and keeps telling the people knocking to go away and leave her alone. When one of them tells the woman she can't stay in the house forever, she tells him sadly that she can, and right before Fred's eyes she vanishes! Startled by a renewed knocking, Fred opens the door, to discover the lieutenant standing on his porch. The two men trade verbal barbs and Fred asks the lieutenant if he knew anything about a schoolteacher who formerly lived in the house. The lieutenant is unable to answer but refers him to the hall of records.

On a future trip to see Fred Graham, the lieutenant is informed that Fred has discovered that the builder of the house vanished and so did the school teacher who had lived there years ago. Just like his wife had vanished. He tells the lieutenant that he is convinced he will never find his wife and goes back into the house. When the lieutenant goes after Fred to speak to him, he finds Fred missing! The lieutenant calls John Newland to the house to see it before the owner has it torn down. He tells Newland the story and claims that no one will believe it. Newland tells him that this is not an isolated case and that other people have disappeared all over the world. Then Newland informs us that this story was also real and we are left to wonder what happened to these people? The transfer quality is good on this episode, the acting is above average and the story holds interest. Ed Binns is very good as the distracted, and saddened man who vainly searches for his wife, whom he still loved. Well worth watching.


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