The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 1, Episode 1

Marionettes, Inc. (21 May 1985)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" Marionettes, Inc. (original title)

TV Episode  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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A suburban drone sees no escape from his dull job, nor from his upbeat wife's constant attention and advice. He's a computer salesman, and suddenly every computer he logs onto immediately ... See full summary »

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Himself - Introduction
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Fantoccini
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Crane
Pixie Bigelow ...
Buyer
Rex Hagon ...
Buyer
Michael Fletcher ...
Buyer
Laura Henry ...
Secretary
Tom Christopher ...
The Other Braling
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A suburban drone sees no escape from his dull job, nor from his upbeat wife's constant attention and advice. He's a computer salesman, and suddenly every computer he logs onto immediately blares his most detailed personal information, plus a cryptic ad for the mysterious Marionettes, Inc. Now he has to take action. Written by David Stevens

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Among the information show of Braling's personal life is his birthday which is listed as March 21, 1930, which is James Coco's real life birthday. See more »

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Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Design for Loving (1958) See more »

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Flying Down to Rio
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Music by Vincent Youmans
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Dull Lives
22 March 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

The suburban computer salesman Braling (James Coco) has a dull life with his talkative and needy wife Mrs. Braling (Jayne Eastwood). When every computer that he touches pops a message from a company called Marionette Inc. with his personal data, he decides to visit the company to see what is happening. Braling meets Fantoccini (Leslie Nielsen), the representative of Marionette Inc., which shows him a replica of Braling commanded by remote control. Fantoccini charges the savings of Braling paid in installments; in return, the android would live his dull life with his wife. A couple of days later, a different Braling meets his friend Crane (Kenneth Welsh) and tells how his life changed after the meeting with Fantoccini.

"Marionette Inc." is a funny story visibly inspired in the 1975 "The Stepford Wives", with a good development and a funny conclusion. The best moment is certainly when Crane finds that his savings has gone and his wife is certainly a replica from Marionette Inc. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Marionette Inc."


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