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A dwarf seeks escape in a showman's mirror, but his dream is soon destroyed despite the efforts of a young girl.


Episode Info


Episode number: 4x1
Airdate: Friday July 07th, 1989

Director: Costa Botes
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Miguel FernandesMiguel Fernandes
As Ralph Banghart
Machs ColombaniMachs Colombani
As Mr. Bigelow

Co-Guest Stars
David Cameron (1)David Cameron (1)
As Magazine Vendor
Main Cast

Recap

At a carnival, showman Ralph Banghart is showing off his shooting skills for his assistant Aimee and tries flirting with her. Aimee isn't impressed, and he tells her to set up the next target. However, suddenly Ralph remembers that "Mr. Big" is coming and goes over to the Mirror Maze. He sends Aimee to the back and they watch as a dwarf walks down the midway. He pays his admission and goes into the Mirror Maze, and Ralph takes Aimee inside...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Dwarf" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Fantastic (January-February, 1954).



Episode Quotes
Host: When I was 12, I met a magician, Harry Blackstone, who told me to live forever. I decided I could. Mr. Blackstone introduced me to clowns, acrobats, fire-eaters, fat ladies, and some little people, dwarfs. I've never forgotten. Every time I see certain kinds of strange mirrors, this is what I see.

Aimee: There are rats in the walls.
Ralph Banghart: It's me, Aimee.
Aimee: Like I said.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* Mr. Bigelow has a life-sized dollhouse in the episode that is not present in the short story.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Grahame McLean
EditorJohn McWilliam
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest  |  Frances Walsh
Line ProducerNarelle Barsby
First Assistant DirectorBrian Wickstead
Second Assistant DirectorCharlie Haskell
MusicRob Winch
Make-upJean Palmer-Holmes
Key GripDennis Thompson
Location ManagerJonathan Tapley
Property MasterViv Kernick
Production CoordinatorNicky Saggers
GafferBrendan Shadbolt  |  Neil Taylor
Director of PhotographyDonald Duncan
Production SecretaryLesley Turner
Art DirectorMark Robins
Post Production CoordinatorJohannes Konigstorfer  |  John Harcourt
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorKit Rollings
Dubbing MixerChris Verburg  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistKen Saville
Boom OperatorKim Shaw-Williams
Production AccountantAnne Marie Cormier  |  George Wilson (2)
Assistant Film EditorMorgan Reid
ContinuityChrissy Parker
Construction ManagerRobbo Outterside
Wardrobe SupervisorNancy Seaton
Assistant GripDeane Cronin
Costume AssistantJane Woodhill
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantCameron McLean
Assistant Script EditorPenelope Sinclair
 
Warning: The Ray Bradbury Theater season 4 episode 1 guide may contain spoilers
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