American Playhouse: Season 1, Episode 10

The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters (16 Mar. 1982)

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Matt Dillon plays a young Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of A Christmas Story). Through Matt, Shep tells several humorous stories about his teen years in an Indiana steel town.

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Dad
Barbara Bolton ...
Mom
Babe Sargent ...
Ludlow Kissel
Jeff Yonis ...
Schwartz (as Jeffery Yonis)
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Lisa Jacobsen ...
Pamela
Jay Ine ...
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John Blood ...
Christopher Childs ...
Mailman
Arnie Cox ...
Ace
Frank Dolan ...
Mr. Dirks
Ruth Edinburg ...
Mother at Picnic
Dana Hardwick ...
Ledbetter
Andrea McCullough ...
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Matt Dillon plays a young Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of A Christmas Story). Through Matt, Shep tells several humorous stories about his teen years in an Indiana steel town.

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The High School band featured a real band - The Chelmsford High School Marching Band from Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The movie was filmed in and around the Boston Area. The scene with the practice of the band was filmed in South Boston (those familiar with landmarks will recognize a few). While the band was practicing, dust was thrown into fans to create a "dust bowl" effect as the movie takes place in Indiana. See more »

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Features Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1955) See more »

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Ballad of Ludlow Kissel
Sung by Leigh Brown
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This is one of the all-time, greatest short films ever made!
4 July 2004 | by (Portsmouth NH) – See all my reviews

From start to finish Jean Shepherd's voice carries us through a marvelously nostalgic and hilarious remembrance of one small-town, American Fourth of July that lives in his memory. Matt Dillon plays the young Shepherd brilliantly and the momentum of the story gathers and builds to a completely marvelous ending which resonates in your mind for hours. This is the best kind of humor, rooted in reality but viewed with the skewed perspective of a true humanist who is totally aware of and who thoroughly enjoys the folly and foibles of human nature...in this case, the nature of American citizens out to enjoy themselves. James Broderick (Matthew's father) is truly wonderful as the father and is an actor I sorely miss. I wish he had had a longer career or that I had started watching him sooner. (Watch for the "face cloths" and the "lamp"...you'll have a real good time.) This one is a winner! It may be hard to find as it doesn't play on TV much, if at all.


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