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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Small Assassin

A newborn infant terrorizes a desperate mother.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x6
Airdate: Saturday April 09th, 1988

Director: Tom Cotter (1)
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Susan WooldridgeSusan Wooldridge
As Alice Leiber
Leigh Lawson (1)Leigh Lawson (1)
As David Leiber
Cyril CusackCyril Cusack
As Dr. Jeffers

Co-Guest Stars
Lottie WardLottie Ward
As Nurse
Main Cast


Alice Leiber is sleeping in bed but wakes up in the middle of the night as she goes into labor. As she screams that it's killing her, the ambulance takes her to the hospital. In the delivery room, Alice screams in defiance before giving birth. Afterward, Alice asks Dr. Jeffers if "it" is alive and upon being told her son is, says it's a shame...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Small Assassin" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Dime Mystery (November, 1946).

Episode Quotes
(after giving birth)
Alice Leiber: Am I alive?
Dr. Jeffers: Yes. Thank God.
Alice Leiber: Is it alive?
Dr. Jeffers: Yes.
Alice Leiber: Oh, what a shame.

Dr. Jeffers: Say I helped bring you into the world. See, baby. (takes out a scalpel) Something bright. Something pretty.

Changes from the short story:

* In the short story, Alice is gassed. Here she is electrocuted.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerStephane Sperry  |  Bill Allan
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean
ProducerTom Cotter (1)
MusicBill Connor
Make-upJulie McNeil
Production AssistantJudith Fraser
Production ManagementDavid Meddick
Dubbing MixerJohn Whitworth
Sound RecordistJohn Curtis (2)
Film EditorPaul Griffiths-Davies
ResearcherDenise Carter
CostumerFrances Tempest
Steadicam OperatorPeter Fearon
Lighting CameramanMichael B. Popley
Graphic DesignerBev Davies
Casting DirectorSusie Bruffin
DesignerMargaret Coombes
Floor ManagerGraham Wild
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