One Step Beyond

Season 2 Episode 2

Ordeal on Locust Street

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Sep 22, 1959 on ABC
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A turn-of-the-century English family hides a dark secret: a son who was born part human and part aquatic creature. A discredited doctor attempts to use his controversial "mind force" (a powerful hypnotic technique) to physically transform the unfortunate young man.

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  • Anatomical Abnormality

    Along similar lines as this bizarre "aquatic" anomaly is that today on November 8th, 2005, the Oprah Winfrey Show will have a segment on a girl with Mermaid anomaly. That is, her two legs are fused together. As a result, she has No external genitals and her mermaid Abnormality is also life-threatening. There is a main blood-artery which crosses from one leg to the other. Known in medical science as Sirenomelia,such mutants have very Low survival rate. Those of you who happen to read this review on November 8th will have enough time to catch that segment on the Oprah show today. Remarkable that what was dramatized on "One Step Beyond" will now be seen in actuality on the Oprah show.

David Lewis

David Lewis

Dr. Edward Brown

Guest Star

Suzanne Lloyd

Suzanne Lloyd

Anna Parish

Guest Star

Bart Burns

Bart Burns

George Parish

Guest Star

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  • QUOTES (2)

    • Danny: (in shock) What is it? I'd heard stories about it, but just now I saw for myself, sitting in a red velvet chair. That's what was so horrible, in a red velvet chair with a high back reading a book, for all the world like a ...
      Margaret: A human being.
      Danny: Oh no, what I saw doesn't belong inside a house. What I saw belonged in the sea.
      Margaret: Danny your very young, I hope you will have the compassion to understand.
      Anna: (hysterical) Mama no!
      Margaret: He has to know. He is my son, he's Anna's brother.

    • John Newland: (end monologue) Despite his triumph Dr. Edward Brown didn't live to see his mind force recognized as a powerful weapon against disease and pain. Only recently has hypnosis been officially admitted to the operating theater or to the office of the psychiatrist. Today we accept hypnosis as fact, who knows perhaps tomorrow telepathy may be fact.

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    • Margaret: What is this mind force?
      Dr. Brown: Madam, if I could explain satisfactorly, I probably wouldn't be in my present position. All as I can say is that I seem to have developed a kind of power. What it is I cannot tell you, I'm not the first, there have been others. I think perhaps Dr. Mesmer was the first.

      Reference to the famous Dr. Franz Anton Mesmer who was the first physician to use and practice hypnosis in curing ailments along with magnetism from magnets.

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