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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Concrete Mixer

After reading various comic books, an alien from Mars is very reluctant to attack Earth.


Episode Info


Episode number: 5x17
Airdate: Friday January 31st, 1992

Director: Eleanore Lindo
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


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Guest Stars
Ben CrossBen Cross
As Ettil Vyre
Howard JeromeHoward Jerome
As Van Plank
John Gilbert (1)John Gilbert (1)
As The Assignor

Co-Guest Stars
Jan SmithJan Smith
As Tylla
Main Cast

Recap

On Mars, the Assignor meets with military commander Ettil Vyre, who assures him that he hasn't changed his mind. Ettil refuses to go with them on their invasion on Earth, insisting it's ill-conceived and fated for disaster. The Assignor takes him out for execution, but brings his wife Tylla and his son out to witness his execution. Ettil reluctantly agrees to lead the invasion and embraces his family...

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Concrete Mixer" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Thrilling Wonder Stories (April 1949).

Filming location: Edmonton, Alberta



Episode Quotes
The Assignor: What's this?
Ettil Vyre: It's called "hot dog."
The Assignor: How do you know?
Ettil Vyre: I used to read banned literature.

Ettil Vyre: I'm not sure. But something's going to happen to us.
The Assignor: You've got a plan. Something evil and terrible?
Ettil Vyre: Look, all I know is they're going to do something to us.
The Assignor: Let them fire their mystic facts, Vyre, facts.
Ettil Vyre: But they're I sincere. I feel as if we're in a big acid vat, melting away.
The Assignor: Thanks for the science. All right, we'll kill every one of them.
Ettil Vyre: How can you kill people who give you flowers? And call you pal, and buddy? Do you know what "hail, fellow, well met" means?

Ettil Vyre: We have been dropped like a shovel full of seeds into a large concrete mixer. Nothing of us will survive. We will be destroyed not by the gun, but by the glad hand.



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* In the short story, Ettil's father also accuses his son of cowardice.
* In the short story, Ettil explains why the Earthmen are unbeatable to the assignor. In the episode, he explains to his wife.
* Perhaps thankfully, a scene from the story where the Martians throw up after eating too much hot dog, lemonade, popcorn, and pastrami, and believe that they've been poisoned, is omitted.
* In the story, Ettil writes a letter to his wife explaining his plight on Earth. In the episode, he sends a telepathic message.
* The Assignor's death is added for the episode, somewhat weakening the ending since Ettil dies the same way.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Mary Kahn
ProducerDoug Macleod (3)  |  Randy Bradshaw  |  Tom Cox  |  Don Reynolds
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Bette Chadwick  |  Darlene Kaplan
First Assistant DirectorJim Long
Second Assistant DirectorColin Leadlay
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Make-upGail Kennedy
Key GripOstap Toroshenko
Camera OperatorJohn Holbrook
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterDoug Blackie
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Production CoordinatorNancy Gullett
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyJohn Spooner
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Paul Winestock  |  Catherine Hall (2)
Production ManagementLes Kimber
Sound EditorJane Tattersall  |  David Evans (4)
Special EffectsRichard "Buck" Stevens
Dubbing MixerJessica Casavant  |  Austin Grimaldi
Sound RecordistGarrell Clark
Third Assistant DirectorEhud Ellman
Boom OperatorPeter Wugalter
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Transportation CaptainDennis Pugh
Set DresserAvery King  |  Jim Murray
Wardrobe AssistantDiane Routly
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Dolly GripMichael McLellan
ContinuityLeslie Druker
Focus PullerJim Stacey
Assistant Sound EditorRichard Harkness  |  Judy Kemeny
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripGerry Mackie
ComposerAmin Bhatia
Still PhotographerChris Large
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
Model MakerKen Rempel
 
Warning: The Ray Bradbury Theater season 5 episode 17 guide may contain spoilers
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