Jean Shepherd – “The Phantom of the Open Hearth” – Leg Lamp

The Old Man unpacks his highly anticipated “major award” in this clip from the very first film adaptation of writer/narrator Jean Shepherd’s short stories, “The Phantom of the Open Hearth”, first telecast in late 1976 on PBS-TV. Jean Shepherd is best remembered for the first big-screen adaptation of his short stories in the cult 1983 film “A Christmas Story”, which he also narrated. Both films include slightly different interpretations of the “leg lamp” short story which first appeared in Shepherd’s 1966 novel “In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash”.

Duration : 0:6:31

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12 Responses to “Jean Shepherd – “The Phantom of the Open Hearth” – Leg Lamp”

  1. musicmandon1 says:

    Funny as all get- …
    Funny as all get-out. I only wish the audio could have been higher. Even with headphones, I had to ask my wife not to talk while I listened to this, and I don’t like having to do that. She’s fra-gee-lay, in more ways than one, and needs more gentleness than most. Her one weakness is she doesn’t like “A Christmas Story,” which has made me wonder what planet she dropped from. Every year I say I will take her hostage and make her watch it, but I never do.

  2. artboy41 says:

    I’ve been sitting …
    I’ve been sitting here watching “The Phantom of the Open Hearth” and belly laughing out loud. I haven’t seen it since I was a kid, and my old man sat me down to soak it up. I’ve been a Shepherd fanatic ever since… Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m heading to the Orpheum to exchange these gravy boats!

  3. alphacontrol says:

    I whole-heartedly …
    I whole-heartedly agree with you. James Broderick was the definitive Old Man to me as well. I felt Darren McGavin was far too old to portray the father of such young children. He was more like a grandfather, especially in contrast to the (too) much younger Melinda Dillon as Mom (in the cult classic “A Christmas Story” movie).

  4. artboy41 says:

    This, to me, was …
    This, to me, was the definitive “old man” performance… Darren McGavin gets all the credit, but James Broderick had more of the “every guy” the role demanded.

  5. peterann1 says:


  6. peterann1 says:

    i’d sit in bed late …
    i’d sit in bed late at night listening to Shep and Long John.  Took years to get ham license and a career. 73s de Peter, WB2SGT ck 73. FFFF ten year old ‘extras’ and ,lettum get ZAPPED!

  7. mcfortner911 says:

    Excelsior, you …
    Excelsior, you fathead!

  8. keytoothed says:

    I’m just now …
    I’m just now discovering Shepherd. Love him.

  9. Caterpillarjon says:


  10. stanxy314 says:

    Flick Lives!
    Flick Lives!

  11. robmck52 says:

    Long live Hohmann, …
    Long live Hohmann, Indiana!

  12. Molly9094 says:

    thank you for a …
    thank you for a great video. It’s just hilarious and truly a classic from PBS. By any chance do you have any clips of Olie Hufnagle’s Vacation that was also on PBS?