One Step Beyond: The Peter Hurkos Story, Part 1 (1960)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Sub-Genres - Anthology Series [TV]  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This two-part episode chronicles the life and career of Dutch-born Peter Hurkos, who has been authenticated by scientific experts as one of the world's few genuine psychics. Part One begins during WW2, as Hurkos (Albert Salmi) is fighting with the Resistance in Denmark. Falling from a rooftop, he lapses into a coma--and upon regaining consciousness, finds he has been endowed with the gift of prophecy. On a more disturbing note, he now has the ability to determine the good and evil in a person merely by touching him. Unable to cope with his psychic powers, Hurkos begins drinking heavily, then squanders his talents in the entertainment world...until a remarkable event turns his life around. For years, "The Peter Hurkos Story" was missing from the One Step Beyond syndication package. . .on orders from Hurkos himself.