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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.
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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.....Read the full recap
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.
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.
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.