One Step Beyond

Season 2 Episode 8

Message from Clara

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Nov 10, 1959 on ABC
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Message from Clara
An English instructor teaching immigrants finds herself writing at the blackboard in a language she doesn't understand. It turns out to be a warning against one of her students.

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Celia, the woman who plays the landlady, is the same woman who played the head of the Vulcans on the original Star Trek series episode "Amok Time."

        Barbara, who played the teacher, is also well known in musical theater for singing the song "A Trip to the Library" in the musical "She Loves Me."

      • Light From Beyond was written by Clark Ashton Smith published in 1933.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Tomachek: What is happening here?
        Lois: What is happening to me?
        Tomachek: That is Clara's writing.
        Lois: How can I possibly write like that?
        Tomachek: Yes how could you write like that, she's dead. Five years.

      • Tomachek: (to his teacher Lois) You should have listened to Clara. He's out there, do not let him in, he'll kill you. You want to know what Clara wrote on the blackboard? Watch out, watch out or he will kill you, just like he killed me. Watch out.

      • John Newland: (closing dialogue) The history test paper on which Clara wrote her final message is now in the private collection of a respected student of psychic phenomenon. It is the most dramatic example of automatic or psychic writing. There are other less lurid but equally puzzling examples such as these books, "Side Tail", "Hooked True Blood" and "Light From Beyond". All apparently dictated to in the 1920's to a Mississippi Valley housewife by an English author dead for 300 years. After decades of investigations by the most skeptical scientists, no one has been able to disprove this psychic miracle. Automatic writing cannot be explained, certainly not on any rational level. One can only wonder about the persistent evidence of it's existence and perhaps hope that someday it may furnish still another clue to that unknown world, beyond our five senses.

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