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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Utterly Perfect Murder

A man seeks out the person who bullied him at school to get revenge.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 5x18
Airdate: Friday February 07th, 1992

Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury


 
Guest Stars
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Ralph Underhill
Recurring
Robert ClothierRobert Clothier
As Ralph Underhill
Recurring
Richard KileyRichard Kiley
As Doug Spaulding
Richard KileyRichard Kiley
As Doug Spaulding

Co-Guest Stars
David TurriDavid Turri
As Young Doug
David TurriDavid Turri
As Young Doug
Eric JohnsonEric Johnson
As Young Ralph (as Eric J. Johnson)
Main Cast

Recap

As a boy, bullies led by Ralph Underhill tormented Doug Spaulding. They tied him up to a tree in the woods and left him..

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Episode Notes
Based on the short story "The Utterly Perfect Murder" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Playboy (August 1971).



Analysis
Changes from the short story:

* The short story is in the first-person, stripping the episode of much of its narrative power.
* Doug is a jingle-writer in the episode, and plays the piano as a boy, but his profession is never mentioned in the story.
* The scenes with the bullies tying Ralph to a tree in the ravine are new to the episode.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerLarry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerMary Kahn  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerRandy Bradshaw  |  Tom Cox  |  Hiroshi Okada
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Leslie Swan  |  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
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Production AssistantDylan Jones (2)
Production CoordinatorNancy Gullett
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyJohn Spooner
StuntsTony Donno
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorSteve D'Onofrio  |  Paul Winestock  |  Catherine Hall (2)
Production ManagementLes Kimber
Sound EditorDavid Evans (4)
Dubbing MixerSal Grimaldi
Sound RecordistGarrell Clark
Third Assistant DirectorEhud Ellman
Boom OperatorPeter Wugalter
Production AccountantMarilyn Moyer
Set DresserJim Murray
Wardrobe AssistantDiane Routly
Assistant Production ManagerDavid McLeod (2)
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
ContinuityLeslie Druker
Assistant Sound EditorJudy Kemeny  |  Richard Harkness
HairRosemary Diekmann
ComposerChris Dedrick
Assistant Set DecoratorAllan Marx
 
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