The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 2, Episode 6

The Small Assassin (9 Apr. 1988)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" The Small Assassin (original title)

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Alice delivers an unwanted child and Doctor Jeffers is apprehensive with the situation. He has a private conversation with her husband David, but he says that Alice will get used to the ... See full summary »

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Alice delivers an unwanted child and Doctor Jeffers is apprehensive with the situation. He has a private conversation with her husband David, but he says that Alice will get used to the baby. When the family moves to their manor, Alice is scared, telling them that the baby wants to kill her. She swears that she is not being paranoid and asks David to protect her. Furthermore, she says that the baby never cries in his presence, and David says that babies do not do things like that. When Doctor Jeffers pays a visit to the family, he has a dreadful surprise. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Cyril Cusack who plays Doctor Jeffers, also starred in the movie adaptation of Ray Bradbury's book, Fahrenheit 451 (1966) as the fire captain. See more »

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A Deceptive Conclusion, Like In Most Episodes of This Series
15 April 2009 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Alice (Susan Wooldridge) delivers an unwanted child and her Doctor Jeffers (Cyril Cusack)is apprehensive with the situation. He has a private conversation with her husband David (Leigh Lawson), but he says that Alice will get used to the baby. When the family moves to their manor, Alice is scared, telling that the baby wants to kill her. She swears that she is not being paranoid and asks David to protect her. Further, she says that the baby never cries in his presence, and David says that babies do not do things like that. When Doctor Jeffers pays a visit to the family, he has a dreadful surprise.

"The Small Assassin" is a tense psychological thriller, but like in most episodes of "The Ray Bradbury Theater", it has a deceptive conclusion. The character should have been better developed since the viewer never finds a reasonable explanation for her paranoid behavior. In the end, the story has potential but is completely wasted with the awful ending. My vote is seven.

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