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The Ray Bradbury Theater: Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!

A father is concerned that his son's mushroom garden could possibly be taking over the entire neighbourhood.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 4x12
Airdate: Friday November 17th, 1989

Director: David Brandes
Story: Ray Bradbury
Teleplay: Ray Bradbury

Guest Stars
Charles Martin SmithCharles Martin Smith
As Hugh Fortnum

Co-Guest Stars
Patricia PhillipsPatricia Phillips
As Cynthia Fortnum
Frank C. TurnerFrank C. Turner
As Roger Willis
Marc ReidMarc Reid
As Tom Fortnum
Judy MahbeyJudy Mahbey
As Mrs. Goodbody
Dorothy Anne HaugDorothy Anne Haug
As Dorothy Willis
Michael LeskowMichael Leskow
As Joe Willis
David Mann (2)David Mann (2)
As Mailman
Main Cast


At the Fortnum household, teenage son Tom is reading through a catalog with hundreds of things to buy. An ad about raising giant mushrooms in the cellar catches his attention and he asks his mom and dad if he can order seeds. He's soon mowing for the money and his dad Hugh comes out to tell him he has tickets to the ball game. Tom passes and it's clear he's waiting for something. Their neighbor Mrs. Goodbody interrupts her spraying for parasites and weeds to come over and complain about invaders from outer space. She insists she's the first line of defense. The mailman comes over and Tom runs to sign for a special delivery package. Hugh asks to see it and checks out the package, which announces it contains Abyssians Amazon Mushrooms, shipped from New Orleans. Tom takes the package and runs inside, while Mrs. Goodbody continues to spray...

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Episode Notes
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms In Your Cellar!" also known as "Come Into My Cellar". This story was first published in Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1962).

Episode Quotes
Host: This is my copy of the Johnson-Smith Racine, Wisconsin Catalog. Every boy in America at one time had one. You sent away for jokes, surprises, funny faces, whoopee cushions, and illusions. I sent away for my first Johnson-Smith catalog when I was 10, because I heard you could buy things, strange things, that you dunked in water or planted in your window box, that grew, and grew, and grew.

Roger Willis: What's intuition?
Hugh Fortnum: Uh, the stuff you know that you don't know you know?
Roger Willis: That's it. Over a period of time, things gather. Surprises. Your hands get dirty but you don't remember how they got that way. Dust falls on you every day but you don't feel it. But when you get enough dust collected up, there it is. You see it. You name it. And now I feel the weather changing every minute with the skin prickling on the backs of my hands.
Hugh Fortnum: Well...
Roger Willis: Now, don't laugh. I'm full up on dust and strange weather.

Hugh Fortnum: Well, what do we do about it?
Roger Willis: I don't know. Watch everything. Maybe it's in the way the wind blows those weeds. Or the way the sun burns on the telephone wires. Or the crickets screeching in the grass.
Hugh Fortnum: That's not much to go on.
Roger Willis: Then we're sunk and lost.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorRay Bradbury
Executive ProducerRay Bradbury  |  Larry Wilcox  |  Peter Sussman
Supervising ProducerSeaton McLean  |  Tom Cotter (1)
ProducerArvi Liimatainen  |  Jonathan Goodwill
Production DesignerJohn Blackie
EditorChristopher Tate
CastingMary Ann Barton  |  Susan Forrest  |  Bette Chadwick
First Assistant DirectorDavid Webb (3)
Second Assistant DirectorCynthia Gillespie
MusicGeorge Blondheim
Costume DesignerJill Blackie
Make-upGail Kennedy
GripGeoff Yates  |  Christopher Tate
Set DecoratorLouise Middleton
Location ManagerGreg Coyes
Transportation CoordinatorMark Boyko
Property MasterCaroline George
Construction CoordinatorBill Rayment
Script SupervisorMimi Wolch
GafferBruno Bittner
Director of PhotographyTobias Schliesller
Production SecretaryBrenda Hennig
Art DirectorScott Dobbie
Post Production CoordinatorJohn Harcourt
Production ManagementMichael Sulyma
Sound MixerGeorge Tarrant
Third Assistant DirectorTracy Long
Boom OperatorKelly Zomber
Production AccountantLinda Chapman
Set DresserDoug Blackie
Wardrobe AssistantKathleen Mulder
First Assistant EditorEric Hill (1)
Assistant To The ProducerSpyro Egarhos
Graphic ArtistKathy McCoy
HairRosemary Diekmann
Best Boy GripRandy Swanson
Still PhotographerDouglas Curran
Second Camera AssistantDale Jahraus
Legal AdvisorLon J. Hall
1st Camera AssistantJon Joffin
Best Boy ElectricianMartin Wilde
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