Way Out (1961)

Season 1 Episode 8

Dissolve to Black

Aired Friday 9:30 PM Jun 02, 1961 on CBS
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Dissolve to Black
Bonnie Draco's first acting job is a spooky one: she goes to work at a TV studio at night. Bonnie rehearses a scene with Paul, Harry and a murderer. But George the director tells Bonnie she must stay after hours to rehearse more. Everything dissolves to black. Bonnie now witnesses a real killing with a different Paul, Harry and murderer. Now, the murderer pursues Bonnie, and there is another dissolve to black. Next morning, when the cast and crew arrive, there is no sign of Bonnie.moreless

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  • Here is the kind of story that makes it clear why the series was called "Way Out"

    This is an imaginative, original but very surreal episode with a dream like feel to it. When it's finished, you are not really sure why the events happened. Perhaps it was stories like this which kept this series from being a huge success, maybe a bit too bizarre for 1961 audiences.

    The play starts out with a fairly normal situation (an actress' first job) but becomes rather bizarre when she starts her "After Hour" rehearsal. Each day actor has an emotionless night crew counterpart. The zombie-like actors on the night crew really murder their victims! The actress now finds herself in a struggle to survive until morning. To make matters worse whenever she gets startled, a ghostly director's voice comes out of the empty control room shouting things like, "Good reaction!! I like the screams!!" He then try's to "direct" her to the scene where she is to be murdered. This is a truly unique story with a very macabre mood throughout. The limited, intimacy of the live/videotaped broadcast actually compounds the weird mood of the story. Pretty creepy stuff! Especially for those growing up watching Father Knows Best & Leave it to Beaver!

    But fear not, baby boomers. As always, Roald Dahl ends the broadcast with his tag line "Good night - and sleep well!"moreless

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