The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)
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Touched with Fire 

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


Roger Tompkins


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)

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


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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Release Date:

3 August 1990 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story was also enacted on the Alfred Hitchcock Presents television show, season 1 episode 18 entitled "Shopping for Death". See more »


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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Madness in Their Methods
28 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Maybe this was a successful episode because as Barry Morse's character railed on and on, I could hardly stand to get to the end of this episode. He ad his colleague, two former insurance men, have decided to try to prevent murders. They do this by following people who are so hateful that others would love to see them dead. They are following Eileen Brennen who leaves a path of hatred wherever she goes. She yells at anyone who tries to assist her, mistreats store clerks, and so on. She is asking to be offed, according to these two knuckleheads. When they finally corner her and try to help there is a scene and they end up striking her with a cane. The two men decide they have had enough of this business but there is proof in the pudding.

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