One Step Beyond (1959–1961)
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The Day the World Wept-The Lincoln Story 

In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln has a dream in which he foresees his own death. His wife Mary has a similarly fatalistic vision but other, ordinary Americans who have never met Lincoln, ... See full summary »

Director:

John Newland

Writer:

Lawrence B. Marcus (teleplay) (as Larry Marcus)
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Episode credited cast:
John Newland ... Himself - Host
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barry Atwater ... President Abraham Lincoln
Jeanne Bates ... Mary Todd Lincoln
Robert Carson ... Army Captain (as Robert S. Carson)
Amy Douglass Amy Douglass ... Mrs. Norcross
Watson Downs Watson Downs ... Samuel
Jonathan Hole ... Mr. Johnson- Landlord
Norman Leavitt ... Noah
Thomas H. Middleton Thomas H. Middleton ... Soldier
Theodore Newton ... Minister Jonathan Stroom
Riza Royce Riza Royce ... Ellen Stroom
Eric Sinclair Eric Sinclair ... Secretary Hay
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Mr. Dayton
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In 1865 President Abraham Lincoln has a dream in which he foresees his own death. His wife Mary has a similarly fatalistic vision but other, ordinary Americans who have never met Lincoln, also experience psychic phenomena. The next evening the president goes to Ford's Theatre where his killer is waiting. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place from April 13-14, 1865. See more »

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Referenced in The King of the Duplicators (1968) See more »

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Bad history....
2 March 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Abraham Lincoln's old law partner, Ward Hill Lamon, told a story twenty years after Abe's murder. In this story, the President reported had a dream in which he dreamed he was assassinated--and looked down into his coffin at his own corpse. Neither he nor anyone else mentioned this dream until two decades later and most historians concluded Lamon was confabulating (a nice way to say he was lying). Logically, if the President had such a dream and told people about it, they would have soon begun repeating this and they would have claimed it was evidence of psychic experiences or a message from God. However, the folks at "One Step Beyond" took the story as truth and based the entire episode around a dream that most likely never occurred.

Barry Atwater plays Lincoln in this show and although it's all hogwash, it IS well constructed and compelling--and folks would believe it since it was presented in such a believable manner. But, despite being well made, it is mostly crap. Interesting crap, but crap.


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