One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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Dead Man's Tale 

A down-on-his-luck newsman, Phillip Werris, checks into a flea-bag hotel with his wife Jan, where he finds a manual on how to prospect for gold. That night while sleepwalking, Phillip types... See full summary »

Director:

John Newland

Writers:

Merwin Gerard (creator), Merwin Gerard (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Episode cast overview:
Lonny Chapman ... Phillip Werris
Jean Engstrom Jean Engstrom ... Jan Werris
Lucy Prentis Lucy Prentis ... Mrs. Lawrence Barton
Charles Tannen ... Hotel Manager
Walter Reed ... Robert Barton
Charles Seel Charles Seel ... Store Proprietor
John Newland ... Himself - Host
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A down-on-his-luck newsman, Phillip Werris, checks into a flea-bag hotel with his wife Jan, where he finds a manual on how to prospect for gold. That night while sleepwalking, Phillip types a short story that features the author of the manual and his brother. Against his wishes, Jan submits the story to be published. After publication, the story takes on an unnatural air, leading to an amazing climax. Written by richardann

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mine | general store | See All (2) »


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Not Rated
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Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1961 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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The station wagon featured here is the same one used in "Tonight at 12:17." See more »

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Gold Fever
18 April 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Lonny Chapman and Jean Engstrom play a married couple named Philip and Jan Werris, who check into a Canadian hotel now broke and desperate for money. Philip is an out-of-work writer, but discovers a book on gold prospecting by two missing men that seems to inspire him, as that night he finds himself "sleep writing", and in the morning his wife decides to send in the story he typed, and amazingly it is published! Trouble starts when the wife of one of the men comes by wanting answers, and so Philip investigates the matter himself by going to the mine, with surprising results... Interesting episode goes in unexpected directions, with an eerie, effective ending.


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