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A man in a car accident remembers the crowd that gathered around, seemingly sucking away his breath. Later, he sees the same people at another car crash... and another... and another, and resolves to learn their secret.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x3
Airdate: Tuesday July 02nd, 1985

Director: Ralph Thomas
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Nick Mancuso
As Joe Spelliner
R.H. Thomson
As Morgan

Co-Guest Stars
Victor Eartmantis
As Paramedic
Main Cast

Recap

Neon sign artist Joe Spelliner is leaving a party and drives away through the empty city streets. A dog runs across his path and he flips over and skids down the street to a halt. As he pulls himself halfway out, the clock chimes midnight. A crowd of people gathers around the car and ignore his pleas for help. Instead they move in closer and stare at him. When the ambulance arrives, the crowd breaks up and the barely conscious Joe watches them depart. He wonders where they all come from but the paramedics have no idea what he's talking about. When asks what time it is, they say it's just after 2 a.m...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Crowd" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Weird Tales (May, 1943).



Episode Quotes
Host: The trouble with having all these things around for years is you stop seeing them. There's nothing new, its a cliche. You look at it, you don't see it any more. So sometimes you have to make a search, to find something new somewhere, perhaps beyond. But even down there the streets, the people, the cars, it's nothing new. I've seen it all. And yet, and yet...

Morgan: Where'd you get these?
Joe Spelliner: The morgue.
Morgan: The morgue?
Joe Spelliner: They're dead. They're all dead. Car accidents in the past year.
Morgan: But if they're dead, how?
Joe Spelliner: I'm convinced they come back to haunt the places that accidents happen. They're waiting for more accidents to happen. I think they're waiting there, move people that shouldn't be moved. To breathe the air that people need, so that they die. They become part of the crowd.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
DeveloperMark Massari
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Michael MacMillan
ProducerSeaton McLean
EditorRoger Mattiussi
CastingDiane Polley
Line ProducerGillian Richardson
First Assistant DirectorMichael Zenon
Second Assistant DirectorElizabeth Scherberger
MusicLouis Natale
Costume DesignerEileen Kennedy
HairstylistJenny Bennicke
Make-upMarlene Aarons
GripIan McGeagh Henderson
Key GripMark Silver
Set DecoratorMartin Weinryb
Location ManagerMichael Brownstone
Transportation CoordinatorJeff Steinberg
Property MasterPeter Fletcher  |  Marc Corriveau
Production AssistantNancy Nickel
Script SupervisorJoanne Tolley-Harwood
Production CoordinatorSandie Pereira
Assistant EditorAndy Attfield
Re-Recording MixerMike Hoogenboom
GafferAdam Swica
Director of PhotographyThomas Burstyn
StuntsLeslie Munroe  |  Peter Cox (1)  |  Rick Forsayeth  |  Billy Williams (2)  |  Terry McGauran
Stunt CoordinatorDwayne McLean (1)
Art DirectorDavid Moe
Post Production CoordinatorSusan Gerofsky
Sound MixerJohn P. Megill
Special EffectsDerek Howard (2)
Third Assistant DirectorWendy Ross
Boom OperatorJack Buchanan (2)
Best BoyDavid McNicoll
Second CameraPaul Mitchnick
Steadicam OperatorBob Crone  |  David Crone
Assistant Set DresserKimothy Steede
Assistant Sound EditorDavid Templeton
Foley ArtistAndy Malcolm
Assistant Art DirectorNancey Pankiw
Wardrobe MistressJudith Gostick
Second Assistant CameraJames Akum
Still PhotographerMichael Courtney (2)
Assistant GripGreg Palermo
Make-up AssistantJane Meade
 
Warning: The Ray Bradbury Theater season 1 episode 3 guide may contain spoilers
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