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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

Director: Stuart Margolin
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

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

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


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).

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 ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Mary Kahn
ProducerTom Cox  |  Don Reynolds  |  Randy Bradshaw  |  Doug Macleod (3)
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorDoug Forbes
CastingLeslie Swan  |  Susan Forrest  |  Darlene Kaplan
First Assistant DirectorJim Long
Second Assistant DirectorColin Leadlay
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerWendy Partridge
Make-upGail Kennedy
GripJohn Adshead
Key GripOstap Toroshenko
Camera OperatorJohn Holbrook
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerMurray Ord
Transportation CoordinatorColeman Robinson
Property MasterDoug Blackie
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Production CoordinatorNancy Gullett
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyJohn Spooner
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorCatherine Hall (2)  |  Paul Winestock  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Production ManagementLes Kimber
Sound EditorJane Tattersall  |  David Evans (4)
Dubbing MixerAustin Grimaldi  |  Sal 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
Assistant Production ManagerDavid McLeod (2)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
ContinuityLeslie Druker
Focus PullerJim Stacey
Assistant Sound EditorJudy Kemeny  |  Richard Harkness
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripGerry Mackie
ComposerChris Dedrick
Still PhotographerChris Large
Assistant Set DecoratorAllan Marx
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
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