Shirley Temple’s Storybook
Season 1, Episode 16 (21 Dec. 1958): “Mother Goose”
by Malvin Wald, Henry F. Greenberg, Mitchell Leisen

Shirley Temple's Storybook - Season 1, Episode 16

Title: “Mother Goose”

Medium: television series episode

Original airdate: 21 Dec. 1958

Publisher: ABC
Written by: Malvin Wald, Henry F. Greenberg
Directed by: Mitchell Leisen

16 characters in this story:

(Click links for info about character
and his/her religious practice, affiliation, etc.)
Pub. #
Polly Polly
(lead character)
non-feature lead character
  [] Joseph Dale 2
Mother Goose Mother Goose supporting character
  [imagined author of fairy tales, nursery rhymes] Dell 49
Jack Jack supporting character
  [w/Jill went up hill in famed nursery rhyme] John Newbery 23
Jill Jill supporting character
  [w/Jack went up hill in famed nursery rhyme] John Newbery 23
Little Miss Muffet Little Miss Muffet (Patience Muffet)
lead character based on a real person
  [1st app: Songs for the Nursery (1805)] Benjamin Tabart 41
Wee Willie Winkie Wee Willie Winkie lead character
  [from nursery rhyme; has become a personification of sleep] David Robertson 14
Able Baker supporting character
  [in nursery rhyme, met Simple Simon, going to the fair] Celebrity Productions 5
Simple Simon Simple Simon (Simon) lead character
  [from nursery rhyme; met a pieman, going to fair] MGM 20
Georgie Porgie Georgie Porgie non-feature lead character
  [kissed the girls and made them cry] John Russell Smith 11
Sukey Sukey (Susan) supporting character
  [took the kettle off, to have tea with Polly] Joseph Dale 2
Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son (Tom) non-feature lead character
  [stole a pig] American Mutoscope & Biograph; Terrytoons 8
High Sheriff supporting character
  [sheriff] ABC 1
Andy supporting character
  [shinnied up pole to watch for Mother Goose's approach] ABC 1
Ted Rowdy supporting character
  [] ABC 1
Prince George supporting character
  [prince] ABC 1
The Cat and the Fiddle The Cat and the Fiddle supporting character
CBR Scale: D N.A.
cat John Newbery 2

Excerpt from newspaper article about this program:

Shirley Temple will play a major role and her three children -- Linda Susan, Charles, 6, and Lori, 4 -- will appear as village children in "Mother Goose," the Christmas musical to be colorcast on "Shirley Temple's Storybook" Sunday over Chan. 2. Elsa Lanchester will play the title role. This will mark the television debut of Shirley's children only one of whom, Charles, will play a speaking part in the nursery rhyme tale. It will be Charles' duty to shinny up a pole to see if he can sight Mother Goose approaching the town of Skeddlestone, an event which marks the opening of the annual town fair. Shirley will portray Polly Baker, the young lady of whom the verse "Polly put the Kettle on" was written.

Other fairy tale characters to appear in the fantasy include Able Baker (Billy Gilbert), also known as the Pieman whom Simple Simon met. Carleton Carpenter will play Polly Baker's sweetheart, Tom Piper who in former days had stolen a pig. Jack and Jill, Georgie Porgie, Little Miss Muffet. Wee Willie Winkie, the Cat and the Fiddle and dozens of other Mother Goose characters will people the fanciful tale.