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A Christmas Story

November 18, 1983

Based on short stories from his books "In God We Trust - All Others Pay Cash" and "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories and Other Disasters". Shep first tols many of these stories on the radio or during live performances, then they were published as short stories in Playboy magazine, before finally being collected into the two books. Released in the theatre in 1981, it wasn't until the 90's when it was repeatedly shown on tv and released on video that it quickly became one of the all time favorite Christmas movies.
Story Lines: The Red Ryder BB Gun Wax Teeth Flick's Tongue Writing A Theme The Leg Lamp "How does the little piggy eat?" - "Ollie Hopnoodle's..." Playboy July 1968 Little Orphan Annie Secret Circle Decoder Changing the Flat Tire - "Oh Fuuudddggge" Blinded by Soap - "Lost at 'C' " Playboy May 1973 Visiting Santa The Bunny Pajamas The Bumpus Hounds Christmas Dinner Chinese Style
Production Information:
Studio / Network: MGM-UA
Written By: Jean Shepherd, Bob Clark, and Leigh Brown
Director: Bob Clark
Asst Director:
Producer: Rene Dupont and Bob Clark
Executive Producer:
Running Time: 95 Minutes
"Flick's Tongue" - January 27, 1968
"Aunt Glens Xmas Gift Bunny Slippers" - 12-20-1973
"Red Ryder Nails the Cleveland St Kid" - 12-24-1971
"Little Orphan Annie Secret Decoder Pin" - 1958
"The Bumpus' and Their Hounds" - 1968

Melinda Dillon (Mother)

Darren McGavin (The "Old Man")

Peter Billingsley (Ralphie)

Ian Petrella (Randy)

Tedde Moore (Miss Shields)

Scott Schwartz (Flick)

R.D. Robb (Schwartz)

Yano Anaya (Grover Dill)

Zack Ward (Scut Farkus)

Jeff Gillen (Santa Claus)

Colin Fox (Ming the Merciless)

Paul Hubbard (Flash Gordon)

Les Carlson (Tree Man)

Jim Hunter (Freight Man)

Patty Johnson (Head Elf)

Drew Hocevar (Male Elf)

David Svoboda (Goggles)

Dwayne McLean (Black Bart)

Helen E Kaider (Wicked Witch)

John Wong (Chinese Father)

John Sebastion Wong (Waiter #1)

Fred Lee (Waiter #2)

Dan Ma (Waiter #3)

Rocco Bellusci

Tommy Wallace (Boy in School)



Higbees Window


Ho! Ho! Ho!

The family

Can't put my arms down!


Every Kid's Dream...

...a Red Ryder... Higbees

If only I had one...

... I'd get the bad guys...

...and save the family I had lobsters coming out of my ears!

"It's stuck!"

The Bribe

"Must be from Italy"

"It's a Leg!"


"It's a Lamp"

I Know Just Where to Put It!

Every man's dream...

...every woman's nightmare!

I don't know what happened!

You were jealous!

The old man seeks to set a record

Indiana 1940

"Oh fuuudggge!"

Don't taste like fudge!

It was...soap poisoning!

It's Here!

I was now a member

"It was signed... in real ink!"

"Be sure to drink..."

"Red Cabbage"

He had yellow eyes!

"$%&@^ *%#&^*"

"Daddy's gonna kill Ralphie!"

Santa Mountain

Jean Shepherd and Leigh Brown

Leigh Brown

Randy meets "the Man"

"How about a nice football"


"I want a Red Ryder..."

"You'll shoot your eye out kid"

Aunt Clara's gift

No Comment!

"A can of Simonize!"

"An Official Red Ryder..."

"Look out Black Bart!"

"I shot my eye out!"

Don't touch that turkey

"It's smiling"

No problem!

The Chop Suey Palace

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