One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Dark Room 

A female photojournalist on assignment in France takes an apartment and begins to work with a somewhat mysterious male model. Thngs come to a head when she has a brush with the supernatural that could well mean her death.


John Newland


Francis M. Cockrell (as Francis Cockrell), Merwin Gerard (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview:
Marcel Dalio ... Jean Gabot
Cloris Leachman ... Rita Wallace
Paul Dubov Paul Dubov ... Detective Marsac
Ann Codee ... Madame Morel
Ivan Triesault ... Inspector
John Newland ... Himself - Host


An American photographer in France asks her new landlady for models with interesting faces. When a haunted-looking man shows up in her room she is thrilled; but the reason for his sadness will prove to be as horrible as who - or what - he really is. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

10 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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One of the characters is taken to a private cemetery and shown the grave of a murderer executed in 1926. At that time in France, murderers were always buried in the cemetery of the prison where they were executed. See more »

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The Photographer
13 April 2015 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Cloris Leachman plays Rita Wallace, a photographer on assignment in France who wants to find a suitable face to feature in her fashion magazine. She rents out an old house in Paris and believes that the friendly landlady has sent such a person over to her, who is a seemingly friendly but nervous older man whose behavior becomes increasingly erratic, before he tries to kill her. She escapes, but is alarmed to learn that the landlady sent no such man to her place, and the suspect resembles a deceased man who had lived in the house - and murdered his wife... Effective tale is a bit ragged but atmospheric, with fine direction and memorable setting.

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