One Step Beyond

Season 3 Episode 17

Dead Man's Tale

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Jan 17, 1961 on ABC
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Dead Man's Tale
Former newsman Phillip Werris and his wife Jan face poverty, when their attempt at farming fails. Werris, in desperation, sits down to write some free-lance articles for his old paper, and does so - in his sleep.

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    Lonny Chapman

    Lonny Chapman

    Phillip Werris

    Guest Star

    Jean Engstrom

    Jean Engstrom

    Jan Werris

    Guest Star

    Walter Reed

    Walter Reed

    Robert Barton

    Guest Star

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Takes place at the Frontier town of Port Williams on the Western Seacoast of Canada jumping off place for the great lumber forests to the far northern gold country.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Jan: Apparently the last tenant of this room had money troubles too, he went right to the heart of it. (throwing the book to Phil)
        Phillip: The Gold Miner's Handbook.

      • Jan: (reading what Phillip has typed out) Port Williams, September 7th 1960. Out of the gold country of the far north today came a shocking story of corruption of the human spirit caused by the poisonous errosion of greed. Just three months ago Lawrence Barton 42 and his 38 year old brother Robert took the train from Quebec to the west coast fort town.
        Phillip: (chiming in) After purchasing gold mine equipment and supplies here they embarked for Saguaway and there set out on horseback for the vast country of the Canadian Yukon. The club-footed Lawrence and his younger brother .... club-foot that's laying it on a little thick isn't it.
        Jan: Maybe but it's got a great start.
        Phillip: Oh such modesty, since when did you become a writer.
        Jan: I didn't write this.
        Phillip: You didn't.
        Jan: Are you serious?

      • John Newland: (closing dialogue) Lawrence Barton was dead. He was dead from cold and hunger, but not as Werris had written days before it actually happened, he was really the victim of the corruption of the human spirit caused by the erosion of fear, mistrust and greed. The story that he had typed that night, in some sort of psychic seizure turned out to be true, only the ending proved to be inaccurate. He couldn't get that part from the mind of Lawrence Barton because it hadn't yet happened. What do you call this fantastic occurence? Well it's almost impossible to label things accurately particularily when we know so little about what we're trying to label. However the scientists, who study psychic phenomena have divised fourteen separate categories. The fourteen labels, they are precognition, possession, clairvoyance and so on. And as research continues more are being added. Is the story just seen then telepathy or psychometry or perhaps both, or perhaps both and more. No one can say yet for certain, all we can say for certain is the story you have just seen is not fiction, it happened.

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