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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Great Wide World Over There

A nephew visits his isolated Aunt Cora, who is desperate to receive letters and escape the scorn of a neighboring woman who always gets mail.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x14
Airdate: Thursday October 29th, 1992

Director: Ian Mune
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Tyne DalyTyne Daly
As Cora Gibbs
David OrthDavid Orth
As Benjy

Co-Guest Stars
Helen MoulderHelen Moulder
As Mrs. Brabbam
Frank WhittenFrank Whitten
As Mailman
Bill JohnsonBill Johnson
As Tom Gibbs
Main Cast


On her farm, Cora Gibbs watches her neighbor, Mrs. Brabbam, and then goes into the house where her husband Tom eats his breakfast. He finishes and goes out, and Cora checks on the cows. She notices Mrs. Brabbam going out to her mailbox and the neighbors exchange greetings. Mrs. Brabbam talks about the letter she received from her Uncle George, and gloats about how she gets mail and Cora doesn't. Cora looks out across the field and sees someone approaching. It's her nephew, Benjy. She greets him and he asks if he can stay awhile. Cora insists and takes him into the house, while Mrs. Brabbam watches from across the road...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury story "The Great Wide World over There" also known as "Cora and the Great Wide World Over There". This story was first published in Maclean's (August 15, 1952).

Episode Quotes
Cora Gibbs: It seems I didn't spend enough time looking at your face.
Benjy: It's no face to look at it.
Cora Gibbs: But I'd know this hand in a million hands. Let anybody take my hand in a dark room, a thousand people, and out of all those I'd say, "This is Benjy's."

Changes from the short story:

* The episode ends on a much more positive note, as Benjy writes to Cora and teaches her how to read. In the short story, he leaves, never to be heard from again, and Cora never learns to read, as her mailbox falls into disuse.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerDon Reynolds
ProducerTom Cotter (1)  |  Chris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorPatrick Monaghan
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorJessica Hobbs
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorMark Olsen
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay
Assistant EditorChristine Monaghan
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Johannes Konigstorfer
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyWarrick Attewell
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorMike Becroft
Post Production CoordinatorJane Crust  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantEmily Carter
Best BoyMark Smith (3)
Executive In Charge Of ProductionNicholas Wry
Production ExecutiveRick Weaver (2)
Unit ManagerPeta Sinclair
Assistant To The Executive ProducerDel Mehes
Assistant To The ProducerNikki Walker
ContinuityRowena Yalland
Focus PullerMairi Gunn
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerChris Dedrick
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
Still PhotographerKen George
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