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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

Director: Randy Bradshaw
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Mr. Fremley
Sheila MooreSheila Moore
As Blanche Hillgood
Vincent GardeniaVincent Gardenia
As Mr. Joseph Terle
Gerard ParkesGerard Parkes
As Mr. Smith
Main Cast


At a hotel in a nearly deserted town in the Arizona desert, Mr. Terle sits on the porch with Fremley and Smith. The three old men complain about the heat and lament the fact that nobody ever comes there. As the sun sets, they talk about the fact it's the one day of the year, August 29, that it rains during the year. Fremley pulls off the calendar page ten seconds early and then they count the seconds until midnight. They look up for rain... and nothing happens...

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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

Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Jonathan Goodwill
ProducerDoug Macleod (3)  |  Pamela Meekings-Stewart  |  Tom Cox
Production DesignerScott Dobbie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Leslie Swan  |  Susan Forrest
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
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 MixerTodd B. Warren
Sound RecordistGeorge Tarrant
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Wardrobe AssistantJan Kimber
Best BoyJim Gregor
Executive In Charge Of ProductionFern Field
Dolly GripCarey Toner
Focus PullerJill MacLachlan
HairIloe Flewelling
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
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