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The Ray Bradbury Theater: On the Orient, North

A ghost is given first aid to by a nurse, and she makes sure he gets to where he is going.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 3x8
Airdate: Saturday April 30th, 1988

Director: Frank Cassenti
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Magali NoëlMagali Noël
As Minerva Halliday
Ian  BannenIan Bannen
As The Ghastly Passenger

Co-Guest Stars
Francois ClavierFrancois Clavier
As Train Official
Herve PauchonHerve Pauchon
As Priest
Tim HolmTim Holm
As Police Officer
Jean GluckJean Gluck
As Doctor
Main Cast


A nurse, Minerva Halliday, is heading north on the Orient Express from Venice to Paris to Calais. She notices an elderly patient walking down the car and observes that he's seriously ill. She confirms the man is going to Calais and on to London. Minerva goes over and simply says "I believe" to him and then walks away...

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Episode Notes
Story first published in The Toynbee Convector (1988).

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Frederic ChopinStudy E major Op 10at Chopin's gravesite

Episode Quotes
Priest: Are you the... may I?
The Ghastly Passenger: The last rites?
Priest: Yes.
The Ghastly Passenger: Oh, I... oh I had my last rites years ago.

Minerva Halliday: Who exactly are you?
The Ghastly Passenger: Oh. I lived near Vienna for 200 years. I have hid from atheists and non-believers in libraries and dust-filled stack. Where I made breakfasts of spirit myths and graveyard tales. I have survived phantom horses, baying hounds, dreadful cuts. Crumbs shaken from tombs. But one by one all around me, my friends of the unseen world vanished. My phantom compatriots were thrown out of great homes and dark castles when they were rented out, rented out to bed and breakfast tourists whose only belief was a drunken tongue and a full belly. So with the, the population of unbelievers doubling by the day, all of my spectral friends fled. I, I am the last.

The Ghastly Passenger: I shall tell you a terrible, a frightful, a rain-filled fog-bound thunder-and-lightning story about a real ghost. The last ghost. This is my story.

Changes from the short story:

* The Ghost levitates into the air, proving what he is to the children. In the story, no such event occurs.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Co-Executive ProducerStephane Sperry  |  Pierre Bertrand-Jaume  |  Bill Allan
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean
ProducerHubert Niogret
EditorAlberto Yaccelini
First Assistant DirectorFrançois Crozade
Second Assistant DirectorStephane Gluck
MusicJean-Marie Briere  |  Sylvain Rappaport  |  Frank Cassenti
Make-upMayte Alonso
GripDaniel Patrie
Key GripGauderique Delcasso
Location ManagerVeronique Forgeau
Property MasterClorinde Mery
Production AssistantPatricia Voisin
Assistant EditorDiane Grigaut
Re-Recording MixerPaul Bertault
GafferPhilippe Sanson
Director of PhotographyGilberto Azevedo
Art DirectorEtienne Mery
Production ManagementRaphael Caussimon
Sound MixerFrançois Waledisch
Special EffectsMichel Norman  |  Guy Trielli  |  Paul Trielli
AccountantIsabelle Duley
Boom OperatorHenri Maikoff
WardrobeRose-Marie Melka
Second CameraDenis Rouden
Dialoge CoachChantal Kyra  |  Tim Holm
ContinuityHelena Cornier
Still PhotographerJacques Prayer
Assistant Location ManagerPhilippe Rouquier  |  Gael Collon
Music RecorderGeorges Rodi
1st Camera AssistantJacques Besse
Assistant Set DecoratorEric Berger
Recording MixerJack Jullian-Gaufres
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