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Boys! Raise Giant Mushrooms in Your Cellar! 

An insecure man begins to suspect that the mushrooms his son ordered from a boy's magazine and is growing in the basement may be alien invaders.


David Brandes


Ray Bradbury (screenplay), Ray Bradbury (story)


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Episode cast overview:
Charles Martin Smith ... Hugh Fortnum
Marc Reid Marc Reid ... Tom Fortnum
Patricia Phillips Patricia Phillips ... Cynthia Fortnum
Judy Mahbey Judy Mahbey ... Mrs. Goodbody
Frank C. Turner ... Roger Willis
Dorothy A. Haug Dorothy A. Haug ... Dorothy Willis (as Dorothy Anne Haug)
Michael Leskow Michael Leskow ... Joe Willis
David Mann David Mann ... Mailman


An insecure man begins to suspect that the mushrooms his son ordered from a boy's magazine and is growing in the basement may be alien invaders.

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Release Date:

17 November 1989 (France) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This story was also enacted as part of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series, season 5 episode 10 titled Special Delivery. See more »


George Blondheim's name is misspelled as "George Blondhiem." See more »


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.
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Version of Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Special Delivery (1959) See more »

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There's a Fungus Amungus!
26 March 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

A nerdy teenager buys a kit from a comic book ad. It allows one to grown mushrooms for fun and profit. Charles Martin Smith is his father and, at first, makes fun of his son and his new hobby. What transpires, however, is a rant by a neighbor about the worlds going to hell and our not knowing what to do. Meanwhile, the neighborhood kids are growing these mushrooms and people are finding them irresistible. The neighbor calls, saying he is on his way to New Orleans and that he may not be "in control" much longer. This is a classic line from the old comic ads and one of Bradbury's most famous stories. It is, of course, no different than any of the cold war junk that was going on when it was written.

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