The Pattern

Like Leda's Portrait, The Pattern aired on NBC's dark anthology series Lights Out in 1951, while Levin was a twenty two year old just-out-of-college grad. It starred – in addition to June Dayton and Richard Sanders – future Dynasty patriarch John Forsythe, as the haunted Al March.

Even at this early stage, Levin's characters don't sit idly by under the weight of events at hand – instead, they work to arrive at an understanding of their true nature, and consider various ways of both interpreting, and reacting, to them.

You can watch The Pattern below (via YouTube). And you can read more about the Lights Out series itself at

"The Pattern" (YouTube)

(Above) "The Pattern" Typescript (1951)

(Above) Typescript page, with Levin's notes