The Ray Bradbury Theater

Marionettes, Inc.

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 5/21/85
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  • Episode Description
  • John Raleigh Braling is a computer salesman who receives a cryptic message on his computer screen. Later he receives the same message in a newspaper and on a lunch bill. He tracks down source of the messages and meets a man who offers to sell him a robot replica of himself.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Leslie Nielsen

    Fantoccini

  • Michael Courtney (II)

    Still Photogrpaher

  • Paul Mitchnick

    Second Unit Camera

  • Jayne Eastwood

    Mrs. Braling

  • Wendy Ross

    3rd Assistant Director

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (1)

    • Host: It's a new age. Even the coffee machines are talking to us. Maybe the next thing will be they'll tell us not only what to drink, but when to drink. But what if they're wrong. I wonder if old Geppetto had any idea of what notions he let loose on the world.

    Notes (4)

    • "Fantoccini" is a name taken from another Bradbury work, "I Sing the Body Electric!". It doesn't appear in the original story, which begins after Braling has already made his purchase and doesn't feature a salesman at all.

    • This episode began the series' HBO run for the first two seasons.

    • "Braling" is a recurring Bradbury name, and will later see use in the third season episode "The Coffin", which also involved robots.

    • This episode is based on the short story, "Marionette's, Inc." by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Startling Stories (March, 1949). The story also appears in the book, The Illustrated Man (1951).

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