Released by ABC in 1983 and based on the popular novel In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, that book's author, Jean Shepherd, was also the film's nostalgically voiced narrator. The movie was directed by Bob Clark.
There are so many wonderfully memorable elements to the story, you have to work hard to pick your own favorites. Is it the Parker family, Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), his kid brother Randy (Ian Petrella), Mom (Melinda Dillon) and Dad (Darren McGavin)? Maybe it's Ralphie's school buddies Flick and Schwartz, his teacher, the neighborhood bullies, the department store Santa, or the Bumpuses' dogs?
Maybe it's the leg lamp that still delights each time "the ole' man" reads off "fra-gil-e" and figures it must be Italian? Or is it the Chinese restaurant staff doing their best with a Christmas Day rendition of "Deck The Halls"? For me, it's the great snowy 1940's neighborhood setting all around Ralphie's house.
The list above could take up pages and we hope you won't be able to stop thinking of more of your own favorites all day long. A Christmas Story was a charming surprise hit in movie theaters 26 years ago and it's now one of the most watched and beloved holiday films each year on television. Even as the years pass, every fan of this movie will be able to forever recall the name of the Lone Ranger's nephew's horse and the number one danger in buying a kid a Red Ryder BB gun.
How can you not love this movie? We're very happy to present as #3 in our series, The 12 Trailers of Christmas, the original trailer for A Christmas Story.