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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

Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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

Co-Guest Stars
Victor EartmantisVictor Eartmantis
As Paramedic
Victor EartmantisVictor 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 ProducerBob Odenkirk  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Michael MacMillan  |  Masayoshi Zeniya
ProducerSeaton McLean
EditorRoger Mattiussi
Second Assistant DirectorElizabeth Scherberger
Music EditorFernand Bos
HairstylistJenny Bennicke
Key GripMark Silver
Location ManagerMichael Brownstone
Transportation CoordinatorJeff Steinberg
Property MasterPeter Fletcher
Production AssistantNancy Nickel  |  Carrie Shaw
Script SupervisorJoanne Tolley-Harwood
Production CoordinatorSandie Pereira
Assistant EditorAndy Attfield
Re-Recording MixerMike Hoogenboom
GafferAdam Swica
StuntsPeter Cox (1)  |  Leslie Munroe  |  Billy Williams (2)  |  Rick Forsayeth
Stunt CoordinatorDwayne McLean (1)
Art DirectorDavid Moe
Post Production CoordinatorSusan Gerofsky
Sound MixerJohn P. Megill
CinematographerAntónio Sousa
Boom OperatorJack Buchanan (2)
Best BoyDavid McNicoll
Steadicam OperatorDavid Crone
Assistant Set DresserKimothy Steede
Foley ArtistAndy Malcolm
Assistant Art DirectorNancey Pankiw
Second Assistant CameraJames Akum
Still PhotographerMichael Courtney (2)
Assistant GripGreg Palermo
Make-up AssistantJane Meade
 
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