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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Day It Rained Forever

A music teacher seeking a new life comes to a small town where three old men wait in desperation for rain that never comes.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x10
Airdate: Friday November 09th, 1990

Guest Stars
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Mr. Fremley
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Mr. Fremley
Sheila MooreSheila Moore
As Blanche Hillgood
Sheila MooreSheila Moore
As Blanche Hillgood
Gerard ParkesGerard Parkes
As Mr. Smith
Gerard ParkesGerard Parkes
As Mr. Smith
Main Cast
Episode Notes
Based on the story "The Day It Rained Forever" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Harper's (July 1957).

Filming location: Lougheed Mansion, at Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Episode Quotes
Mr. Smith: How can you have such faith? How can I learn to sing along with you?
Mr. Terle: You've got to write your own hymns, or they aren't worth singing.

Mr. Terle: Go on with your life, Miss Hillgood.
Blanche Hillgood: Where was I? Oh, yes. All my life I've spent so much time running from Bach to Beethoven to Brahms, I never noticed I was twenty-nine. Next thing I knew, I was forty. Yesterday, sixty-five. Oh, there were men; but they'd given up singing when they were ten, flying when they were twelve. I always figured we were meant to fly, one way or other, so most of the time I couldn't stand most men who just shuffled by with the iron of the earth in their feet and blood. I never met a man who weighed less than nine hundred pounds. In their black business suits, you could just hear them roll by like funeral hearses.
Mr. Terle: So you flew away?
Blanche Hillgood: First just in my mind, Mr. Terle. It's taken me forty years to make the final break. It's been the long way around that's brought me here. No one in all Elm City really cares if you fly or how high you go. But talk of leaving, they swat you down and laugh. And say, "Why be a little frog in a big pond when you can be the biggest frog in all Elm City!" Which may be true. Except Elm City's the wrong pond. So at last I shook myself good and stared in the mirror, and asked myself, "Look here, Blanche Hillgood. Since when do frogs have wings, anyway? And will they ever?"

Changes from the short story:

* Presumably to match the actress' age, Blanche is 65 rather than 71.
* The "rain" in the short story is imaginary, not real as in the episode here.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerLarry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)
ProducerPamela Meekings-Stewart  |  Tom Cox
Production DesignerScott Dobbie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Mary Ann Barton  |  Leslie Swan
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorAndy Price (2)  |  Andy Mikita
MusicGeorge Blondheim
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Make-upAl Magallon
GripJohn Adshead
Key GripOstap Toroshenko
Set DecoratorJan Goodine
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterDean Goodine
Construction CoordinatorWarren Simmons
Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyJim Jeffrey (1)
Production SecretaryJoan Kingsmith
Art DirectorRick Roberts
Production ManagerLynne Bespflug
Sound EditorJim Hopkins
Special EffectsMaurice Routly  |  Lee Routly
Dubbing MixerAllen Ormerod  |  Todd B. Warren
Sound RecordistGeorge Tarrant
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Wardrobe AssistantJan Kimber
Best BoyJim Gregor
Dolly GripCarey Toner
Focus PullerJill MacLachlan
HairIloe Flewelling
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
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