This is a never released pilot which was shot for ABC but woundup on the shelf.
Director of Photography: Ozzie Smith
Art Director: Jim Hulsey
Film Editor: Dick Bartlett
Production Associate: Leigh Brown
Running Time: 60 Min
Written and narrated by Jean Shepherd
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By Jay Sharbutt
The Associated Press
"Jean Shepherd-once told of a kid who got his first job in a steel mill and learned to dream the American dream -- of the beautiful future, the glorious past, and the crummy now."
That was in "Phantom of the Open Hearth," the wryly funny PBS television drama he wrote and narrated. Aired in 1976, it hailed blue-collar life in "the great inverted bowl of darkness" -- the Midwest.
Now the Chicago-born maestro of Americana is at it again with a new version of "Phantom" he's making at 20th Century-Fox Television as a movie for ABC. It could become a weekly series."
Thanks to John Shepherd (No Relation)|
The only people from the original PBS production are Barbara Bolton as "Mom", William Lampley as "Flick" and Leigh Brown who switched roles from "Lovely Arlita" to "Mrs. Kissel" Jean Shepherd - Ralph John Shepherd (No relation) - Young Ralph Richard Venture - The Old Man Barbara Bolton - Mom Damon Raskin - Randy Mike Hammett - Schwartz William Lampley - Flick Jerome Guardino - Friendly Fred Warren Munson - Junie Jo's Father David Byrd - Mr. Dirks Joe Medalis - Zudoc Milt Kogan - Gertz Nancy Bell - Junie Jo Michael Barbera - Boring Date Leigh Brown - Mrs Kissel Jon Terry - Uncle Carl Bill Sorrells - Mill Worker Edwin Owens - John Melissa Sherman - Clara Mae Mattingly