One Step Beyond (1961)

Genres - Fantasy  |   Run Time - 30 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Taking a midnight stroll on a London bridge, starving artist Ralph Terrance (Herbert Patterson) makes the acquaintance of a beautiful but strange young girl named Lilith (Gloria Saunders). Despite the girl's curiously fatalistic view of life, Ralph agrees to meet her again on several successive nights, just as Big Ben strikes 12. Slowly and inexorably, Ben is drawn into a life of crime by the predatory Lilith--who seems determined to live up to the reputation of her Biblical namesake, the legendary "storm demon" who destroyed everything she touched. Though included in the One Step Beyond syndication package, this episode was actually filmed for the earlier TV anthology Stars Over Hollywood, and was first telecast November 8, 1950. (The June 13, 1961 rebroadcast date is in doubt: According to TV Guide, One Step Beyond was pre-empted that particular evening for an ABC news special).