The Ray Bradbury Theater

Season 4 Episode 2

A Miracle of Rare Device

Aired Unknown Jul 14, 1989 on USA
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A Miracle of Rare Device
Two drifters sell views to a desert mirage, a mirage that provides miraculous views, but a rival tries to buy the land and shut them down.

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Host: When I was a boy, my dad was looking for work. He took my mom, my brother Skip and myself, and headed west. Along the way, in the middle of nowhere whatsoever at all, on a hot summer desert noon, with the wind still and heat rising from the sand dunes, we were witness to a miracle. Years later, I remembered the miracle. This is that remembrance.

      • Robert: Oh, Willie, Willie, never ask Nature. There's things about radio waves and rainbows and northern lights, we're never gonna know.

      • William: Are we the pure at heart?
        Robert: Nah. Not like the kids who came through today, who saw anything they wanted to see. Not like the big folks with them, born in wheat fields and by God's grace wandering the world. Nah, we're not the big children, not the little children. Willie, I'm glad to be alive. You know the morning air, early, on the road. Maybe we take it easy, don't think, relax.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Before Ray Bradbury Theater, this story was slated to be adapted for the original Twilight Zone, but the show was canceled before it could ever be done.

      • This episode is based on the short story "A Miracle of Rare Device" by Ray Bradbury. This story was first published in Playboy (January, 1962).

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Xanadu Young Man: In Xanadu did Kublai Khan, a stately pleasure-dome decree...
        Referencing Samuel Taylor Coleridge's famous poem, Kubla Khan; or, A Vision in a Dream: A Fragment. First published in 1816, and refers to the summer palace of Kublai Khan. The poem ends with the line "A miracle of rare device," also providing the episode title.