One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Captain's Guests 

A sadistic sea captain from the 19th century haunts a New England home and poisons the lives of a married couple after taking possession of the husband's mind.


John Newland


Merwin Gerard (creator), Charles Beaumont (dramatisation) | 1 more credit »

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Episode complete credited cast:
John Newland ... Himself - Host
Robert Webber ... Andrew Courtney
Nancy Hadley Nancy Hadley ... Ellen Courtney
Thomas Coley Thomas Coley ... Bill Oker
Felix Locher Felix Locher ... Old Man
Jon Lormer ... Realtor Leach


A young couple move into a house on the New England coast, even though they are warned by the locals that the house is haunted. They soon find out how right the locals were when the ghost of the former owner, a sea captain, begins to take control of their lives. Written by

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26 May 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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[first lines]
John Newland: Have you ever had the feeling that you knew what someone was going to say just before he said it? Or have you ever walked into a strange room and had the sensation that you'd been there before? Well if you have, you've taken a small step beyond.
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Is it a case of paranormal, or a case of possession?
21 July 2006 | by tinman19602003See all my reviews

In The Captain's Guests (ep. 1-19) We have an overworked older man who takes his wife on a vacation trip. They stay in a house which was built by a sea captain, whose portrait hangs in the house.

After a time, the husband begins to accuse his wife of infidelity, but strangely, he insists on calling her by a different name. As time passes he begins acting more and more strangely. Is he possessed? Director John Newland calls to our attention that this is a true story. The transfer quality of this public domain work is better than average but still could be a lot better. A pity the original copyright holder dropped the ball on renewing their claim. The efforts by the public domain market monkeys have not done much for the quality of the transfer. (Big sigh).

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