Promises of Someday Production Details

Production order:


Airing order in the USA:

Original air date:
February 12, 1988

George R.R. Martin

Thomas J. Wright

Director of Photography:
Frank Beascoechea

Production Designer:
John Mansbridge

Howard Kunin A.C.E.

Supervising Producer:
Ron Koslow

Co-Supervising Producer:
Stephen Kurzfeld

David Peckinpah
George R. R. Martin
Kenneth R. Koch

Don Davis - main theme by Lee Holdridge



Ron Perlman

Catherine Chandler

Linda Hamilton


Roy Dotrice

Joe Maxwell Jay Acovone
Devin Bruce Abbot
Young Vincent John Franklin
Young Devin Andrew Held
Young Mitch Max Battimo
Tunnel tomboy Holly Sampson
Inspector - Customs official Fred Dennis
Mounted Cop Fred Lerner
Travel Clerk Janet Cole Notey



subject and episode title:

Joni Mitchell, The Circle Game, from the album "Ladies of the Canyon" (1966)

Yesterday a child came out to wonder
Caught a dragonfly inside a jar
Fearful when the sky was full of thunder
And tearful at the falling of a star

And the seasons they go round and round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look
Behind from where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

Then the child moved ten times round the seasons
Skated over ten clear frozen streams
Words like when you're older must appease him
And promises of someday make his dreams

Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now
Cartwheels turn to car wheels thru the town
And they tell him take your time it won't be long now
Till you drag your feet to slow the circles down

So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty
Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true
There'll be new dreams maybe better dreams and plenty
Before the last revolving year is through

Literary references:

Vincent: "... we were going to build a raft together, Huck and Jim on the Mississippi..."

(from The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain, 1884)


Devin: "The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated"

(he's paraphrasing a famous remark by Mark Twain)


Devin: "I've been everywhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La"

Oz and Shangri-La are two mithycal lands

Oz - from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, 1900

Shangri-la - from Lost Horizon, by John Hilton, 1933