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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Hail and Farewell

A boy discovers that he is permanently frozen at the age of 12, and finds a way to put his "gift" to good use.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x10
Airdate: Friday September 29th, 1989

Director: Allan Kroeker
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Josh SavianoJosh Saviano
As Willie

Co-Guest Stars
Frank C. TurnerFrank C. Turner
As John Webley
Georgie CollinsGeorgie Collins
As Old Woman
Trevor McCarthyTrevor McCarthy
As The Bully
Mary Day (1)Mary Day (1)
As Charlotte
Christine McInnis (1)Christine McInnis (1)
As Charlotte's Mother
Judith HaynesJudith Haynes
As Emma Webley
Mark ParrMark Parr
As Tiny Tim
Frank BueckertFrank Bueckert
As Ice Cream Man
Ann AllenAnn Allen
As Little Woman
Chad Cole (1)Chad Cole (1)
As Big Kid, Orphanage
Joel DacksJoel Dacks
As Second Kid, Orphanage
Donovan WorkunDonovan Workun
As Bully's Sidekick
Main Cast


A gang of boys chase Willie through school. When they catch him, they complain that he's too smart and accuse him of being a freak. Willie seems distracted by a little girl walking away and he goes after her. He notes he hasn't seen her before and she introduces herself as Charlotte. Willie knows that it's her mother's name too. They arrive at Charlotte's house and her mother seems to recognize Willie. He mutters knowing and loving her once, and then tries to run away. The bullies are waiting for him and he runs off...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "Hail and Farewell" by Ray Bradbury. It was first published in Today (March 29, 1953).

Episode Quotes
Host: Here lie my first magic sets given to me when I was 10 years old, when I thought by magic I could control the world around me. My parents gave me sweaters and socks for Christmas. I rebelled, I wanted to stay young, a kid with a magic set forever. I wish somehow I could smoke the proper cigars to stunt my growth. Out of those Christmases and my secret desire to scrunch down and be 10 years old forever, the story that follows was born.

Willie: The time of going away again. The hands of all the clocks in this town have moved around, for everyone but me. Folks are sensing they should be seeing a summer in me. But I will only ever be in spring.

Willie: Newspaper every day, full of lost people and empty houses.

Old Woman: I look at a lot of faces passing by and I think, "What a shame all those flowers have to be cut, all those bright fires put out. What a shame they have to grow tall and wrinkle up and gray out in blizzards like me." They're so eager for everything.

Willie: I've been a child for over 40 years now. It's a living, as they say. You make other people happy. You almost feel happy, too. I've got my job to do. I do it.

Changes from the short story:

* The Charlotte/Charlotte's Mother romance subplot is manufactured for the episode.
* The carnival subplot is played out in much more detail, rather than a single paragraph in the original short story.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Arvi Liimatainen
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorLenka Svab  |  Peter Svab
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Mary Ann Barton  |  Bette Chadwick
First Assistant DirectorAvrel Fisher
Second Assistant DirectorCynthia Gillespie
MusicMo Marshall
Costume DesignerJill Blackie
Make-upGail Kennedy
GripGeoff Yates  |  Christopher Tate
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerGreg Coyes
Transportation CoordinatorMark Boyko
Property MasterCaroline George
Script SupervisorMimi Wolch
Production CoordinatorNicole Noel
Re-Recording MixerTim Archer  |  Rick Ellis
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyTobias Schliesller
Production SecretaryBrenda Hennig
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorJohn Harcourt
Production ManagementMichael Sulyma
Sound EditorDan Sexton
Sound MixerGeorge Tarrant
Third Assistant DirectorTracy Long
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantLinda Chapman
Set DresserDoug Blackie
Wardrobe AssistantKathleen Mulder
PublicistKaren Redford
Assistant To The ProducerSpyro Egarhos
Foley ArtistJohn Sievert  |  Gary Da Prato  |  D.D. Hill
Graphic ArtistKathy McCoy
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripRandy Swanson
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
Second Camera AssistantDale Jahraus
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantJon Joffin
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
Editorial ConsultantMarke Slipp
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