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Studio 57 - Young Couples Only
Couples Only

USA 1955
produced by
Revue Studios, DuMont Television Network
directed by Richard Irving
starring Peter Lorre, Barbara Hale, Bill Williams, Danny Sue Nolan, Robert Quarry, Paul Bryar
screenplay by Lawrence Kimble, based on a story by Richard Matheson

TV-series
Studio 57

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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The janitor (Peter Lorre) she and her husband Rick (Bill Williams) drives Ruth (Babara Hale) to despair: He always seems to be fixing things that need no fixing, he seems to have eyes in his back, and he seems to know about some secret rooms and passageways within the house. Plus the rent for the appartment is way too low ...

Rick naturally thinks it's just Ruth's nerves, especially when she starts to suspect the janitor of turning the house into a rocketship. One night though, the house starts shaking, and Rick finally agrees to do some investigating as his wife has asked him to do for a long time - and he finds a secret room full of otherworldly engines, and he finds out that the janitor really has a third eye in the back of his head. Plus the janitor obviously is an alien who wants to move the whole appartment building to another planet. Panicking, Rick alarms all the neighbours to abandon house immediately, but suddenly they find all the doors and windows shut tight, so there's no way out ... until finally a policeman arrives - but unfortunately he's an alien too, and he tells them not only their building but the whole building block is being moved to another planet.

 

I know perfectly well that this synopsis for Young Couples Only sounds incredibly silly - yet on the screen the story works, thanks to a careful buildup that only gives away what is absolutely necessary and saves the science fiction elements until late in the story, relying on creepy atmosphere instead. Add to this a cast of talented actors - first and foremost of course Peter Lorre as a suitably creepy janitor - and you have got one fine piece of sci-fi television, which at a running time of approximately half an hour is just short enough to not outstay its welcome.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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