Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond 1959-1961
One Step Beyond premiered nine months before The Twilight Zone, and was also known as Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond. John Newland introduces reported cases of supernatural phenomena, whose poetry is revealed in magnificent and almost brutally compressed dramatizations. All episodes are directed by Newland himself, a dab hand whose trademark is subtle, balletic camera work.
"What you are about to see is a matter of human record. Explain it: we cannot. Disprove it: we cannot. We simply invite you to explore with us the amazing world of the Unknown ... to take that One Step ... Beyond."
2x30. The Peter Hurkos Story (part 1) 4/19/1960
Fleeing from German soldiers in Amersterdam during World War II, Peter Hurkos falls fifty feet from the top of a building. When he wakes in a hospital, he finds that he has new psychic powers. Hearing voices he turns to drink and finally to show business.
Cast: Albert Salmi (Peter Hurkos), Norbert Schiller (August Breitner), John Banner (Dr. Molhaus), Stephen Bekassy (John Rheinwols), Betty Garde (Tante Elsa), Maurice Marsac (Professor Grotius), Will J. White (Spanish Man)
2x31. The Peter Hurkos Story (part 2) 4/26/1960
After years in show business as a psychic act, Hurkos's abilities are tested in a laboratory and proven real. The psychic is recruited by the police to help solve a brutal murder.
Cast: Albert Salmi (Peter Hurkos), Alf Kjellin (Lars Lindstrom), Andrew Prine (Walter Bird), Peter Hurkos (Himself), Justice Watson (Captain Kibbee), John Banner (Dr. Molhaus), Betty Garde (Tante Elsa), Peter Hurkos (Himself)