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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Town Where No One Got Off

After lauding the virtues of rural life while traveling on a train, a writer impulsively decides to get off at a small town... and discover that he's the target of an obsessed old man.

Episode Info


Episode number: 2x1
Airdate: Saturday February 22nd, 1986

Director: Don McBrearty
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


Guest Stars
Jeff GoldblumJeff Goldblum
As Cogswheel
Ed McNamara (1)Ed McNamara (1)
As Old Man
Cec LinderCec Linder
As Salesman

Co-Guest Stars
Wayne RobsonWayne Robson
As Man in Store
Recurring
Ray BradburyRay Bradbury
As Himself
Recurring
Errol SlueErrol Slue
As Conductor
Clare CoulterClare Coulter
As Store Owner
Rachel GemmellRachel Gemmell
As Girl on Swing
Ward KimballWard Kimball
As Trainmaster
Main Cast

Recap

Ray Bradbury arrives at a rail station in the middle of nowhere and explains to the trainmaster that he collects brochures and town names for his stories. As they chat, Old 99 arrives, much to the conductor's surprise. Bradbury wonders if it's a story.....

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Town Where No One Got Off" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Ellery Queen (October, 1958).

Filmed in the village of Alton.



Episode Quotes
Cogswheel: A place where you know everybody and everybody knows you, and people give you the time of day and look out for each other instead of always looking out for number one.
Salesman: You know what you sound like?
Cogswheel: No, what?
Salesman: A damn fool writer. A nipped-in-the-bud oh-so-sensitive author of books. Probably never published. Have I got you nailed?
Cogswheel: I have some stories being considered.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* The narrator is unnamed in the first-person short story.
* The protagonist is a salesman in the story, but a writer in the episode.
* The protagonist spends much longer walking around the town in the episode, and is met with a far more hostile reaction, than in the story.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Michael MacMillan  |  John Ross (2)
ProducerSeaton McLean
EditorGerald Vansier
CastingAnne Tait  |  Diane Polley
First Assistant DirectorRichard Flower
Second Assistant DirectorKaren Lee Hall  |  Wendy Ord
MusicJohn Massari  |  Louis Natale
HairstylistVeronica Ciandre
Make-upShonagh Jabour
GripDon Payne (2)
Key GripMark Manchester
Set DecoratorZana Ancerl
Location ManagerDan Latour  |  Izidore Musallam
Transportation CoordinatorJohn Subotich
Property MasterClaude Charbonneau
Production AssistantRobert Benson (2)  |  Christopher Ball  |  Sharon Huxton
Script SupervisorDug Rotstein
Production CoordinatorJoanna Caslon
Assistant EditorLes Holdway
Re-Recording MixerMike Hoogenboom  |  Egidio Coccimiglio
GafferScotty Allan
Director of PhotographyMark Irwin
Production SecretaryLori Willcox
Art DirectorAlicia Keywan
Post Production CoordinatorSusan Gerofsky
Production ManagementMary Kahn
Sound EditorCatherine Hunt
Special EffectsFrank Carere
Third Assistant DirectorRoss Clyde
Boom OperatorPaul McGlashan
Production AccountantJim Sternberg
Best BoyDavid Willets
CostumerTrysha Bakker
Post Production AssistantDaphne Ballon (2)
Assistant Property MasterJuanita Holden
Dolly GripDavid Hynes (2)
Assistant Sound EditorSusan Maggi
Assistant Art DirectorGary Sullivan (2)  |  Vlasta Svoboda
Construction ManagerMyles Roth
Second Assistant CameraPer-inge Schei
Still PhotographerMichael Courtney (2)
1st Camera AssistantMarvin Midwicki
 
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