The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)
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Colonel Stonesteel and the Desperate Empties 

Greentown, Illnois is in the midst of the "desperate empties," the doldrums that come at the tail-end of summer. To bring some excitement to the town, twelve-year-old Charlie helps the ... See full summary »

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Greentown, Illnois is in the midst of the "desperate empties," the doldrums that come at the tail-end of summer. To bring some excitement to the town, twelve-year-old Charlie helps the rascally Colonel Stonesteel bury a fake mummy to be uncovered at the Labor Day parade in an elaborate hoax. Written by P. Silvestro

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24 January 1992 (France)  »

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My Most Unforgettable Character
2 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Brimming with syrupy sentimentality. A boy has a connection to an old colonel who is his cure for boredom. This man can take everyday events and places and turn them into the wonders of the world. On this particular day, the boy, who is thirteen, is full of ennui. The old man leads him, through suggestion as well as action, to find a way to create an event that encompasses the entire town. Taking all kinds of junk from an attic, the construct a mummy. They then plant the mummy in an unplowed field, knowing that at some point, the lazy farmer would discover it. Bradbury was a man who saw the joys of childhood and the possibilities of imagination. That's what this story gives us. It suggests that if life becomes too dry, put a charge in it and wait.


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