The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 4, Episode 3

Touched with Fire (3 Aug. 1990)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" Touched with Fire (original title)

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Two retired insurance salesman seek out aggravating people and attempt to convince them to change their ways and avoid murder.



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Episode cast overview:
Mrs. Annabelle Shrike (as Eileen Brennen)
Barry Morse ...
Mr. Foxe
Joseph Shaw ...
Mr. Shaw
Michael Noonan ...
Mr. Shrike
Paul Nadas ...


Mr. Foxe and Mr. Shaw, two retired insurance salesman, take up a new hobby. They have discovered that murders most commonly occur at 101 degrees, and to people who are exceedingly aggravating. They track down a woman, Mrs. Shrike, who they believe is the next person to be murdered because of her irritating ways. Written by Gislef

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3 August 1990 (France)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Eileen Brennan is billed as "Eileen Brennen" in the opening credits. See more »


Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Shopping for Death (1956) See more »

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A masterpiece
9 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Touched with Fire is a more current version of a 1950s Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode titled, "Shopping for death", though I do believe Ray Bradbury is the original author. Touched with Fire is about two former insurance salesmen who now take notice of people they feel are likely to be murdered, and they try to get the "murderee" to realize s/he may be a target. This is not revealing any crucial plot points, as this is evident from the beginning of the episode.

Mrs. Shrike (beautiful performance from Eileen Brennan) is noticed by the two former salesmen Mr. Foxe and Mr. Shaw (played by Barry Morse and Joseph Shaw, respectively) amidst a big city summer heat wave that threatens to reach 102 degrees. These variables create a nice blend of suspense and humor in this episode.

The dialog between Morse and Shaw is top notch and the performances and interactions from every actor in this episode is spot on. Also, the overall atmosphere was shaped so that it captures the essence of big city life in the latter part of the 20th century. Highly recommended episode.

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