Small House of Everything

Small House of Everything

Monday, May 23, 2022


Your Show Time was an early television effort to bring famous literary short stories to the small screen.  It ran for 26 half-hour episodes from January 21 to July 15, 1949 -- a total of 26 episodes adapting tales from such authors as Guy de Maupassant, Robert Louis Stevenson, Henry James and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Each episode was introduced by "The Bookshop Man," played by Arthur Shields doing his best Barry Fitzgerald imitation.

The fourth episode of the show featured Theophile Gautier's horror story "The Mummy's Foot" (originally "Le Pied de momie," published in Le Musee des familles, September 1840).  In this version, Peter Renault is a young playwright who is writing a show about ancient Egyptian times.  Unfortunately he gets a little too "wrapped up" in his subject.

Herbert Anderson (1917-1994), in his first television role, stars as Renault.  Anderson had a 35-year career in films and television.  He began doing bit parts in films, but after "The Mummy's Foot" spent most of the rest of his career in television -- most notably as Herbert Mitchell, the father in Dennis the Menace (1959-1963).

Rounding out the cast were J. Edward Bromberg, Peggy Dow, Phyllis Coates, and Hank Henry.

This episode was produced by Louis Lantz and directed by Sobey Martin, from an adaptation by Stanley Rubin.


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