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A Christmas Story

As a follow-up to his excoriated Porky's and Porky's II, director Bob Clark teamed with nostalgic humorist Jean Shepherd for this squeaky clean and often quite funny 1983 yuletide comedy, adapted from Shepherd's novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. The bespectacled young hero (Peter Billingsley) lives with his parents and younger brother in northeast Indiana and craves a BB gun for Christmas; the old man (Darren McGavin in one of his best roles) wins a newspaper contest and insists on displaying his prize—a table lamp shaped like a woman's leg in fishnet stockings. Shepherd provides the voice-over of the grown hero narrating, and his prominence on the sound track forces Clark to focus on visual humor, resulting in some wild Our Gang-style slapstick.

Credits

Director:

  • Bob Clark

Cast:

  • Peter Billingsley
  • Darren McGavin
  • Melinda Dillon
  • Ian Petrella
  • Scott Schwartz
  • R. Robb
  • Tedde Moore
  • Yano Anaya
  • Zack Ward
  • Jean Shepherd

Writers:

  • Leigh Brown
  • Bob Clark
  • Jean Shepherd

Producers:

  • Don Carmody
  • Bob Clark
  • René Dupont
  • Gary Goch

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