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The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Anthem Sprinters

A tourist from the USA gets involved in an Irish sporting event.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x4
Airdate: Friday August 21st, 1992

Director: Wayne Tourell
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Len CariouLen Cariou
As Raymond Douglas
Robert BallRobert Ball
As Doone

Co-Guest Stars
Ken BlackburnKen Blackburn
As Timulty
Ian WatkinIan Watkin
As Heeber Finn
Terry HaymanTerry Hayman
As Fogarty
Bruce AllpressBruce Allpress
As O'Gavin
Karl BradleyKarl Bradley
As Cinema Manager
Grant BridgerGrant Bridger
As Phil the Projectionist
Maurice KeeneMaurice Keene
As Book Store Owner
Main Cast


In Ireland, American writer Raymond Douglas tours the bookshops of Dublin and finds a rare first edition of James Joyce. He walks outside and an elderly local man, Doone, bumps into him. Douglas helps the man to his feet, and Doone recognizes him as the famous American writer. He tells Douglas there's something awful, terrible, and beautiful happening and leads him to a theater showing It Happened One Night. Doone then takes him to the pub across the street and says that it's a theater...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Anthem Sprinters," also known as "The Queen's Own Evaders." The story was first published in Playboy (June 1963)

Episode Quotes
Douglas: Douglas is the name. And writer I am. For me, a second-hand bookshop is bliss at any time. But when it beckons from the banks of the Liffey in the midst of Dublin's fair city, then it is paradise itself. And this paradise contained treasure. A first edition from 1916, of that wonderful autobiography of youth, which reading in my teens, had made me certain I would be a writer. An enchanted shop. For with my prize from the past, I stepped straight into a happening... and the beginning of a story.

O'Gavin: Oh sure, it's money that rules the world. It's music that holds down the friction.

Changes from the short story:

* A new subplot with Douglas buying a James Joyce autobiography, and wagering it in the anthem sprint against a rare theater programme, is created.
*The tavern owner, Heeber Finn, isn't found in the short story.
* Hoolihan in the short story becomes Doone in the episode, and the role is greatly expanded by having him as the one who brings Douglas into the pub. Doone in the short story becomes a new character, O'Gavin, in the episode.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerDon Reynolds
ProducerChris Bailey (3)  |  Mary Kahn  |  Tom Cotter (1)
Production DesignerRon Highfield
EditorChris Gurr
CastingSusan Forrest  |  Marianne Willison  |  Darlene Kaplan
Line ProducerJanine Dickens
First Assistant DirectorGeorge Lyle
Second Assistant DirectorPhee Phanshell
Music SupervisorDavid Greene (4)
Costume DesignerNgila Dickson
Make-upTrish Cohen
Key GripKevin Donovan
Camera OperatorPeter McCaffrey
Location ManagerLisa Kissin
Production CoordinatorJane Lindsay  |  Steve D'Onofrio
Assistant EditorRob Jayne
Post Production SupervisorJohn Harcourt  |  Johannes Konigstorfer
GafferIan Beale
Director of PhotographyMatt Bowkett
Production SecretaryLynn Hargreaves
Art DirectorJennifer Ward
Sound RecordistGraham Morris (2)
Third Assistant DirectorSarah Miln
Boom OperatorMyk Farmer
Production AccountantSally Campbell
Sound SupervisorJohn McKay (3)
Wardrobe AssistantGeraldine Stevens
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 PullerFred Renata
HairTrish Cohen
ComposerChris Dedrick
Construction ManagerPhil Chitty
Wardrobe SupervisorGavin McLean
Still PhotographerKen George
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