"Phantom of the Open Hearth" premiered on December 23, 1976 on PBS
This was the first movie produced from the stories Shep told and paved the way to the classic "A Christmas Story" with the famous leg lamp story.
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts
Written and narrated by Jean Shepherd, the early working title for this movie was "That Great Inverted Bowl of Darkness" (See title page from early script below)
Not available for purchase - Resides in WGBH library
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Created for KCET's "Visions" series, a coproduction of The Television Laboratory at WNET and the New Television Workshop.