Recently viewed episodes from a show named Panic which ran on NBC in 1957.
Never heard of this show... it had a short run and information on it is nearly non-existent. This episode "Nightmare" had a great film noir quality from the title to the photography. Very nice considering the budget. The quote about it in the description is not mine but from some web site comment ... just about the only one I could find on the show.
In any case, 'Nightmare' is a compelling story about premonition ... a wife has a dream her husband will be in a fatal car accident under highly improbable driving circumstances... one by one these improbable circumstances become fact.... all leading to an unexpected conclusion. Anyone familiar with the long running series "One Step Beyond" may see it has a similar feel but in a much more glossy and stronger "noir" filmic style. Have fun. Don't you just love the way these episodes open ???
Original Air Date:
16 April 1957 (Season 1, Episode 7) "Nightmare".
Westbrook Van Voorhis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Airline Stewardess (as Judi Boutin)
Mrs. Reynolds (as Katharine Warren)
I've never seen it, now I want it: PANIC!/NO WARNING! (1957-58)
Stephen King recalls the half-hour suspense anthology series, PANIC!, with some fondness.
That was enough for me to do a little research. It ran for two seasons, though was renamed NO WARNING! in its truncated second season (or perhaps for later syndication airings), with a combined total of 31 half-hour episodes (18 in Season 1, 13 in Season 2). The series producer, Al Simon, is best known for producing THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES, GREEN ACRES, PETTICOAT JUNCTION, and MISTER ED. Each episode was narrated by Westbrook Van Voorhis, best known as the voice of the MARCH OF TIME newsreels of the 1930s and 1940s.
According to imdb.com poster "crabturtle", a typical episode would open like this:
(Van Voorhis) introduced a character and gave a time in minutes and seconds when he (or she) would become involved in a harrowing situation. For example: "This is Mr. Smith. In 2 minutes and 36 seconds, he will be in PANIC"! Then, in that announced time, the character would get into some unforeseen trouble, and would indeed become panicky! The title then came on the screen and shattered into hundreds of pieces. The rest of the show would be how the victims of the situation were saved from their predicament.
Among those who appeared on PANIC!:
Elisha Cook, Jr.
Ted De Corsia