It wouldn´t be Christmas without ´A Christmas Story,´ the 1983 movie that became an instant holiday classic thanks to its winning cast and quotable scenes. The film is as time-honored a tradition as getting your tongue stuck to a pole in freezing weather. Here´s a then-and-now look at the gang from fictional Hohman, Indiana, who brought the ´original, traditional, one-hundred-percent, red-blooded, two-fisted, all-American Christmas´ tale to life ...
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Mr. Braincramp and I can highly recommend Jean Shepherd´s hilarious book of short stories ´´Wanda Hickey´s Night of Golden Memories: And Other Disasters´´. We´ve read the book many times and ´´A Christmas Story´´ used parts of a number of the stories from the Wanda Hickey book. Our favorite tales from his book are ´´County Fair´´ and ´´Ollie Hopnoodle´s Haven of Bliss´´. (Our only negative comment about his writing is that Mr. Shepherd used the Lord´s name in vain a lot when the Old Man or Ralphie cursed.)
We thought the casting in ´´The Christmas Story´´ was pretty good, but I never thought Melinda Dillon looked right for the part of Ralphie´s mom.
Love, love this story and movie. "Christmas Story" is actually one chapter in a Jean Shepherd book titled "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash". Get a hold of one of his many books and you will have a laugh out loud and enjoyable read. I grew up in northern Indiana and I can relate to everything in this movie. Lived in a similar house, went to a smaller but identical looking school, wanted a BB gun (actually got one for my birthday), killer icicles and on and on. This is my favorite fun Christmas movie, "A Christmas Carol" with George C. Scott is my favorite movie which expresses the meaning of Christmas. "A Christmas Story" was actually set during the depression but I like the transition to post World War II. All in all it still makes me laugh and takes me back to my childhood.
What this article fails to mention is that Hector Velazquez-Nava, an illegal alien w/ a criminal record and had been repeatedly deported, while driving w/o a license and BAC three times over the limit, drove his SUV across a median and collided with an oncoming car driven by Bob Clark, killing him instantly.
Zack Ward still has ´´funny eyes´´. This was great fun. I agree - clicking 23 times is a pain, but it´s not like I´m out there saving mankind or anything!
In our previous neighborhood (suburban Chicago) one of the neighbors had a Leg Lamp and he staged it center front in his bay window every Christmas. The decorating season only began when the leg lamp was lit. After that, the whole neighborhood went into Clark Griswold overtime...
There was a Jean Shepherd movie made about the 4th of July. I think it was made for TV. The "old man" was big into fire works. It is a funny movie but nothing like "The Christmas Story". The mother in this movie sent wash clothes into a chain letter operation which finally paid off. The old man started a fire on the school house roof with his fireworks but it all ended well. Shepherd had a big role in this one as a narrator. I have it on a TV tape somewhere.
The neighborhood scenes, the clothes, the cars, the school & teacher, etc., each always remind us of growing up in KC. There was an authenticity in nearly everything in the movie from the Lifebuoy soap to the coal furnace and shopping for a Christmas tree. We read the comic books,(even subscribed to a few), listened to the same radio serials and I still have my Sky King secret magnifier/whistle! Ha! ...A good scout is always prepared, eh?
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