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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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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It's 100% true...but probably not.
1 April 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Like the rest of the shows in the series, the narrator (John Newland) claims this one is true. Yeah...and if you believe that I have some oceanfront property in Kansas I'd like to sell you.... Regardless, "Dead Man's Tale" is a reasonably entertaining entry in the series.

The show begins with a couple down to their last dollars in Alaska and they are desperate. They check into a cheap hotel but can only afford to stay for a day or two. That night, they find a log belonging to a recent guest of the hotel--and it has to do with the guest going off to look for gold in the Yukon. That night, the man gets out of bed and types a story all about the guy in the log...though in the morning he has no memory of this! The story is VERY specific and interesting but it cannot be true. But, since they are nearly destitute, the man's wife sells the story to a newspaper. Oddly, they soon discover that the story is true...and perhaps they can save the prospector or his brother.

Wildly unbelievable but worth seeing. This is about average for the series or slightly below average.


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