One Step Beyond

Season 1 Episode 11

The Devil's Laughter

Aired Tuesday 10:00 PM Mar 31, 1959 on ABC
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Episode Summary

Authorities are having trouble with convicted killer John Marriott: they can't seem to execute him.

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    Alfred Ryder

    Alfred Ryder

    Johnny Marriott

    Guest Star

    Patrick Westwood

    Patrick Westwood


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    Ben Wright

    Ben Wright


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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • (from John Newland's last interview regarding this episode from "One Step Beyond")
        John Newland: I liked "The Devil's Laughter" [a story about a criminal who kept escaping the noose by luck]. The story was good, I liked Alfred Ryder's performance, and felt engaged by the storyline.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Johnny: When do they come for me?
        Attendant: At 6.
        Johnny: What time's it now?
        Attendant: Oh I don't know 5:30.
        John: (gasps) Does it take long?
        Attendant: What? Ah. Nah.
        John: How long? (pauses and yells) HOW LONG!?
        Attendant: Oh I don't know, a couple minutes maybe. Come on Johnny me boy, there's no reason for you to be afraid.
        John: (gasps again and laughs hysterically) Who's afraid?
        Attendant: Well I'm not as popular with the ladies as you was.
        John: What do you mean, was? I ain't dead yet.

      • Johnny: (drunk in the Lion's Head Inn) Gather round at my feet. Though the press offered me 500 quid, I won't charge you a farthing. Old Johnny Marriott's gonna die at the foot of a lion, right here on an old street in London. That's how it's gonna be, I know. I was standing there on them gallows, I was standing there with a white hood over my head and I heard them release the lever and the trap door swing open, I felt myself falling, and while I was falling inside lit up like a million candles and there I was lying dead at the feet of a lion right here on the streets of London. I knew and I knew that that was how it had to be, that way and no other.

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