Between Time and Timbuktu

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Between Time and Timbuktu
Directed byFred Barzyk
Written byDavid Odell
Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Produced byDavid Loxton
Edited byDick Bartlett
Release date
March 13, 1972 (1972-03-13)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States

Between Time and Timbuktu is a television film directed by Fred Barzyk and based on a number of works by Kurt Vonnegut.[1] Produced by National Educational Television and WGBH-TV in Boston, Massachusetts, it was telecast March 13, 1972 as a NET Playhouse special. The television script was also published in 1972, illustrated with photographs by Jill Krementz and stills from the television production.

The first draft of the script was written by David Odell, with contributions from Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, and the film's director. Vonnegut himself served as an "advisor and contributor to the script."[1] The primary title refers to a collection of poetry written by one of the main characters in Vonnegut's second novel, The Sirens of Titan.


The televised production of the play starred William Hickey as Stony Stevenson. The rest of the cast included:

  • Bruce Morrow as Contest Announcer
  • Dortha Duckworth as Mrs. Stevenson (Stony's mother)
  • Ray Goulding as Walter Gesundheit
  • Bob Elliott as Bud Williams, Jr. (the ex-astronaut)
  • Franklin Cover as Col. Donald "Tex" Pirandello
  • Russell Morash as Sandy Abernethy
  • John Devlin as Dr. Bobby Denton
  • Kevin McCarthy as Bokonon
  • Edie Lynch as Island Girl
  • Jerry Gershman as Soldier
  • James Sloyan as Dr. Paul Proteus
  • George Serries as Prosecutor
  • Ashley Westcott as Deaf Juror
  • John Peters as Drunk
  • Helen Stenborg as Miss Martin
  • Hurd Hatfield as Dr. Hoenikker
  • Dolph Sweet as General
  • Hariet Hamilton as Lead Caroler
  • Sam Amato as Policeman
  • Benay Venuta as Diana Moon Glampers
  • Carlton Power as First Stagehand
  • Jean Sanocki as Larry
  • Jack Shipley as News Announcer
  • Alexis Hoff as Ballerina
  • Avind Haerum as Harrison Bergeron
  • Frank Dolan as Short Order Cook
  • Susan Sullivan as Nancy
  • Charles White as Lionel J. Howard
  • Philip Bruns as Announcer
  • Ariane Munker as Wanda June
  • Page Johnson as Hitler
  • MacIntyre Dixon as Cemetery Gardener

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Vonnegut, Kurt (2020). Between Time and Timbuktu: Or, Prometheus-5, a Space Fantasy. United States: Random House.

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