One Step Beyond with Joan Fontaine!

Published December 24, 2013 by biggayhorrorfan

What I leave in my wake are cookie crumbs and a body outline composed of potato chip wrappers. They don’t call me Messy Baby for nothing!

Joan in The Women.

Joan in The Women.

Fortunately for celluloid geeks, the elegant Joan Fontaine (1916-2013) left behind a legacy of classic films including such suspense masterpieces as Rebecca (1940) and Suspicion (1941) and that forever catty call to arms The Women (1939). Genre enthusiasts can thrill to her distinguished portrayals in projects such as Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961) and The Witches (1966), as well.joanwarren

Another of her interesting fantasy style roles occurred on a 1960 episode of the para-psychological series One Step Beyond. As Ellen Grayson in “The Visitor”, Fontaine brings a weary worldliness to her portrayal of a recovering alcoholic. Recuperating at a snow capped cottage, Fontaine’s Ellen has determined she must get out of her long dead marriage. Her husband, played by Warren Beatty, 20 years younger than Fontaine at the time, is not so happy to hear this, though. Storming out into the night, he crashes his car.

It is then that the show takes its ghostly turn. Fontaine is surprised at her home by the appearance of a handsome stranger whom eventually turns out to be the younger version of her husband. (Beatty, again, but without the previous gray-face that he had been sporting.) After some heartfelt revelations, he disappears to Fontaine’s horrific shock.

Will what he revealed save their dormant relationship? Or will Fontaine/Ellen drown her surprise in several Molotov cocktails? Whatever the case, Fontaine’s dignity and beauty add much to this sentimentally supernatural enterprise. She was – and forever will be – a Cinema Queen!

Until the next time – SWEET love and pink GRUE, Big Gay Horror Fan

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