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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Ballad of Ludlow Kissel
Sung by Leigh Brown
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Very clever quasi-documentary about teenager's life in Indiana.
6 November 2000 | by (New York, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this since I stumbled upon it almost 20 years ago at age 11. A very clever film highlighting major events in a few months of a teenager's life in Indiana (as i remember it). I think the self-narration and exaggerated dream/narration sequences were groundbreaking humor at the time, used now by everything from The Wonder Years to Ally McBeal. No clue where I could get a copy of this now. Perhaps PBS will show it again.


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