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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Man Upstairs

A young boy living with his grandmother in Paris for the summer comes to believe that a new boarder is a vampire.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x5
Airdate: Saturday March 05th, 1988

Director: Alain Bonnot
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Feodor AtkineFeodor Atkine
As Mr. Koberman
Micheline PresleMicheline Presle
As Grandma (Marguerite)
Kate HardieKate Hardie
As Miss Treadwell (Emmy)
Adam NegleyAdam Negley
As Douglas (Introducing)

Co-Guest Stars
Henri PoirierHenri Poirier
As Mr. Dumas
Michel WinogradoffMichel Winogradoff
As Police Officer
Bertie CortezBertie Cortez
As Coroner
Main Cast


In Paris, an American boy, Douglas, is playing on the banks of the Seine when his grandmother Marguerite calls him to dinner at the hotel where he lives with her for the summer. He runs past Mr. Dumas, an artist and one of their boarders, and into the hotel. He watches his grandmother use a large knife to cut open a chicken, and she wonders if his parents will let him stay longer. Outside, a man approaches the hotel using an umbrella despite the fact it's a sunny day. Douglas notices him approaching. He then returns his attention to Marguerite, who is pulling the guts out of the chicken, much to Douglas' interest...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Man Upstairs" by Ray Bradbury, first published in Harper's (March 1947)

Episode Quotes
Mr. Koberman: Young man, what were you doing?
Douglas: Just looking.
Mr. Koberman: Just looking.
Douglas: Yes, sir.
Mr. Koberman: And.. what do you see?
Douglas: Things. Places. All kinds of worlds. Blue ones, red ones. All different.

Changes from the short story:

* In the short story, Douglas uses stained glass to determine Mr. Koberman's true identity. In the episode he uses a scope from a toy gun.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerBill Allan  |  Pierre Bertrand-Jaume  |  Stephane Sperry
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean
ProducerHubert Niogret
EditorMichele Amsellem
First Assistant DirectorPatrick Jaquillard
MusicEric Demarsan
Music EditorAnnick Baly
Make-upEmma D'Auria  |  Sylvie Carissoli
GripDaniel Patrie
Key GripGauderique Delcasso
Location ManagerVeronique Forgeau
Property MasterClorinde Mery
Production AssistantPatricia Voisin
Assistant EditorMichele Lavigne
Re-Recording MixerJacques Thomas-Gerard
GafferJean Atanassian  |  Philippe Sanson
Director of PhotographyJean Charvein
Art DirectorEtienne Mery
Production ManagementRaphael Caussimon
Sound MixerFran├žois Waledisch
Special EffectsJean-Christophe Spadaccini  |  Atelier Michel Soubeyrand  |  Guilhem Serres
Third Assistant DirectorJulie Carli  |  Valerie Novel
AccountantIsabelle Duley
Boom OperatorPhilippe Donnefort  |  Henri Maikoff
WardrobeRose Mariani
Dialoge CoachTim Holm
ContinuityKathleen Fonmarty
Assistant Location ManagerGael Collon
Second Camera AssistantSandrine Dedise
1st Camera AssistantLuc Drion  |  Francois Plegades
Assistant Set DecoratorEric Berger
Recording MixerJack Jullian-Gaufres
Casting AdvisorFran├žois Crozade  |  Stephane Gluck
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