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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Black Ferris

When an adult and a young boy show up with the carnival, two local boys soon realize they are one and the same, and plan to rob an old widow of her jewels.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x4
Airdate: Friday August 10th, 1990

Director: Roger Tompkins
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Frank WhittenFrank Whitten
As Mr. Cooger
Nathaniel MoreauNathaniel Moreau
As Hank Walterson

Co-Guest Stars
Jonathan Marks (1)Jonathan Marks (1)
As Joseph Pike
Pat EvisonPat Evison
As Mrs. Foley
Duncan Smith (2)Duncan Smith (2)
As Bob Walterson
Cathy DownesCathy Downes
As Mrs. Walterson
Main Cast


At a carnival, Mr. Cooger on the Ferris wheel while his partner Dodger, a hunchback, starts it up. The Ferris wheel runs backward and the man laughs... and begins to age backward. As he does, a local boy, Hank, watches from nearby. Finally Dodger stops the wheel and the newly-minted boy runs off into the night. He goes to the home of an elderly woman, Mrs. Foley, and knocks on the door...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Black Ferris" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Weird Tales (May 1948) .

Episode Quotes
Hank: Mystery, doom, death, The end of the world.
Peter: The end of the world, huh?
Hank: This way.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerJonathan Goodwill  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart
Production DesignerRick Kofoed
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest  |  Frances Walsh
First Assistant DirectorJoe Nolan
Second Assistant DirectorWi Rakete
Make-upDebra East
Key GripDennis Thompson
Camera OperatorRichard Bluck
Location ManagerMartin Walsh (3)
Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Karen Gleave
Assistant EditorEric De Beus
Post Production SupervisorRoss Chambers  |  John Harcourt
GafferSteve Latty
Director of PhotographyAlun Bollinger
Production SecretarySarah Bailey
Art DirectorDanny Black
Production ManagementMaria Saunders
Sound EditorPhil Burton
Dubbing MixerJohn Neill  |  Mike Hedges
Sound RecordistDon Paulin
Boom OperatorGrant Lawson
Production AccountantMaureen Zust  |  Anne Marie Cormier
Extras CastingLorae Parry
Film EditorJamie Selkirk
Wardrobe AssistantHilary Niederer
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Production ExecutiveMarie Watson
Unit ManagerAlex Collins (2)
Music DirectorLouis Natale
ContinuityJenny Vail
Focus PullerJames Cowley
ComposerLouis Natale
Wardrobe SupervisorGlenis Foster
Still PhotographerMartin Stewart
Assistant GripRoger Feenstra
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