One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Clown 

A guilt-ridden murderer looks in a mirror and sees the image of a mute clown drawing near to throttle him.


John Newland


Merwin Gerard (creator), Lawrence B. Marcus (executive writer) (as Larry Marcus) | 1 more credit »




Episode complete credited cast:
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Pippo the Clown
Christopher Dark Christopher Dark ... Tom Regan
Yvette Mimieux ... Nonnie Regan
Jack Daly Jack Daly ... Bartender
John Close ... Buck the Strong Man
Karen Scott Karen Scott ... Woman in Bar
James Nolan ... Carnival Boss (as Jim Nolan)
Paul 'Mousie' Garner ... Carnival Man (as Paul 'Mouse' Garner)
John Newland ... Self - Host


A bad-tempered husband demands that his sweet, pretty wife stop flirting with men. They're sitting in a bar when Pippo the Clown walks in, distributing balloons that advertise a traveling circus. The young blonde lets the childlike mute pet her silky hair, but the volatile husband is jealous even of a clown. Enraged, he cuts off a piece of her hair and hands it to Pippo. She runs off in tears and winds up in Pippo's trailer. The husband finds her there and uses his scissors again - this time to deadlier effect. Written by J. Spurlin

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Mute Vengeance
16 April 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Scary episode tells the sad tale of Pippo the Clown(played by Mickey Shaughnessy) who meets a sweet and beautiful young married woman named Nonnie(played by Yvette Mimieux) who finds him quite funny, but unfortunately is married to a mean and jealous man named Tom(played by Christopher Dark) who cruelly cuts a lock off her hair with scissors, then later impulsively kills her, while poor mute Pippo takes the blame, but Tom then is tormented by the enraged reflection of Pippo in mirrors and water, despite not really being there, and who is determined to kill him... Most effective tale is among the most famous from the series, with a particularly odious villain who gets what he deserves in the only way Pippo can, though the clown never left his wife's body...

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22 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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