The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Dead Man TV Show
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  • Though strange, there is an interesting and weirdly enchanting quality to this piece

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      The Ray Bradbury Theater: The Dead Man aired originally on cable television on September 26, 1992. These stories all come from the mind of science fiction writer, Ray Bradbury. This particular tale is a very quiet one and is appropriately odd as so many of Bradbury’s stories tend to be. Though strange, there is an interesting and weirdly enchanting quality to this piece.

      Louise Fletcher stars as Miss Weldon, the new


      manicurist of a small town. She works in the barber shop, where the men all gossip, especially about a man they refer to as Odd. Indeed, his behavior merits the nickname. Odd often just lies down on the main street and rests there, as if he were dead. It’s a very peculiar pose and situation. However, it fascinates Miss Weldon.

      Their bonding begins when she sees Odd with a ...


      • kitten. She takes it from him to care for it.

        Here’s the rub of this show. Odd really believes he’s dead. He says he drowned. The only one who believes him is a young boy, who also says he wants to help Odd.

        Ultimately, Odd and Miss Weldon fall in love and decide to get married. This confounds the townsfolk, especially the minister since he knows nothing about it.

        The ending

        is very intriguing. This Bradbury piece doesn’t really hit you over the head with anything. It’s almost like a small yarn that folks who are superstitious might tell while rocking in chairs on the front porch.

        I liked the story. In fact, it’s one of my favorites from the entire series. Fletcher plays her role with calm restraint, and Frank Whitten has the perfect demeanor to play the role of Odd.




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