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Ray Bradbury in the movies and on television

The late Ray Bradbury had several television and movie credits to his name, including penning such scripts as John Huston's 'Moby Dick' and writing for 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents.'

June 07, 2012
  • Oskar Werner portrayed "fireman" Guy Montag in Francois Truffaut's 1966 film adaptation of Ray Bradbury's classic book, "Fahrenheit 451."
Oskar Werner portrayed "fireman" Guy Montag in Francois Truffaut's… (Universal Pictures )

Here's a look at some of Ray Bradbury's movie and TV work:

Movies:

"It Came From Outer Space" (1953): Bradbury supplied the story for this 3-D sci-fi classic about an amateur astronomer who sights a spaceship.

"Moby Dick" (1956): Bradbury penned the script for John Huston's ambitious adaptation of Herman Melville's allegorical novel, starring Gregory Peck as Captain Ahab.

"Fahrenheit 451" (1966): Francois Truffaut's first English-language film was an adaptation of Bradbury's tale of a future in which books are outlawed.

"Something Wicked This Way Comes" (1983): Bradbury wrote this adaptation of his 1962 novel about two teenage boys who get more than they bargained for when a mysterious circus arrives in town.

"The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit" (1998): Bradbury penned this adaptation of his story and play about a middle-age man who dreams of buying a white suit that ends up having magical powers.

Television

"Alfred Hitchcock Presents"(1956-1962): Bradbury wrote several episodes of the Master of Suspense's anthology series, beginning with the 1956 chiller, "Shopping for Death."

"Steve Canyon" (1958): Bradbury wrote the Christmas episode of the series, which was based on the popular comic strip.

"Twilight Zone: I Sing the Body Electric" (1962): Bradbury wrote the 100th episode of the Rod Serling series based on his short story; he later adapted it as the 1982 TV movie, "The Electric Grandmother."

"The Ray Bradbury Theater" (1985-1992): Bradbury wrote 58 of the scripts, many of which were based on his short stories, and hosted this anthology series that aired first on HBO and then USA.

"The Halloween Tree" (1993): An Emmy Award-winning animated TV movie that Bradbury adapted from his 1972 fantasy novel.

— Susan King

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