The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 3, Episode 10

Hail and Farewell (30 Sep. 1989)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" Hail and Farewell (original title)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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A 12-year-old boy discovers that he can't grow up.



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Episode cast overview:
Georgie Collins ...
Old Woman
Trevor McArthur ...
The Bully (as Trevor McCarthy)
Mary Day ...
Christine MacInnis ...
Charlotte's Mother (as Christine McInnis)
Judith Haynes ...
Emma Webley
John Webley
Mark Parr ...
Frank Bueckert ...
Ice Cream Man
Ann Allen ...
Little Woman
Chad Cole ...
Big Kid, Orphanage
Joel Dacks ...
2nd Kid, Orphanage
Bully's Sidekick


Willie, a 12-year-old boy, discovers that he can't grow up. For 40 years he puts his strange nature to use by becoming a son to couples who have lost their children. As he prepares to move on once more, Willie tells his story to his newest parents. Written by Gislef

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30 September 1989 (France)  »

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Willie: Newspaper every day, full of lost people and empty houses.
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The Peter Pan Principle
28 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Willie is a boy who doesn't seem to fit in with his peers. He never seems to grow and so they torment him. One day he is chased home by he usual bullies and the next day announces to what seem to be his parents that it is time for him to leave. Well, the thing is that for fifty odd years he has never aged. He is forever a boy, looking the same, sounding the same. In flashback, we see the first person who loved him and took care of him. She is an older lady whose husband has just died. She takes him in. When she dies, he is on his own and this begins the process of finding people he can make happy. This is a subtle, quiet portrayal of life for a person who lives to do good with little reward. Nice, sentimental episode.

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