A man who is stressed over the affairs of his business walks out and goes on a surreal train ride to the nonexistent town of Meadbrook.



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Episode cast overview:
Fleet Mason
Mr. Mason
Miss Proctor
James Stone ...
Brewster (as James F. Stone)
Jimmy Baird ...


A businessman is about to snap from overwork and stress. He runs away, hopping on a bus to someplace -- anyplace -- where he knows no one and has no ties to anybody. He finds himself in a bizarre bus station in Meadbrook, where the people are strangers but look familiar. Written by Jay Phelps <jaynashvil@aol.com>

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Comedy | Drama




Release Date:

8 December 1955 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Dina Merrill's TV debut. See more »


The credits refer to characters Fleet Mason and Mr. Mason, but they are clearly called Fleet Manson and Mr. Manson consistently throughout this episode. See more »

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Kind of "Twilight Zoney"....as well as like a film made by Salvador Dali!
4 August 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Dick Powell plays Fleet Manson (not Mason as it is listed on IMDb). He's a hard-driving businessman who will never delegate authority. Instead he tries to do everything himself and is about to drive himself over the edge because of this. Folks are begging him to delegate and take a vacation...but Fleet is a control freak and won't allow himself a moment's rest.

In the midst of this, Fleet either has a dream or is magically transported to a station. There he finds many familiar faces...but he sometimes doesn't recognize them or vice-versa. He orders a bus ticket to the end of the line but soon finds himself unable to leave and everyone has been waiting there for what seems like an eternity. Then, his father appears to him and instead of providing a satisfying conclusion, his speech made me want to throw up...and it was a preachy, awful conclusion to a very surreal and strange episode which seems to have NOTHING to do with any of the other episodes of "Four Star Playhouse". Weird, definitely....but also amazingly bad.

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