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Ralphie has to convince his parents, his teacher, and Santa that a Red Ryder B.B. gun really is the perfect gift for the 1940s.

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Ming the Merciless (scenes deleted)
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Flash Gordon (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Christmas is approaching and 9 year-old Ralphie wants only one thing: a Red Ryder Range Shot 200 BB gun. When he mentions it at the dinner table, his mother's immediate reaction is that he'll put his eye out. He then decides on a perfect theme for his teacher but her reaction is like his. He fantasizes about what it would be like to be Red Ryder and catch the bad guys. When the big day arrives he gets lots of present under the tree including a lovely gift from his aunt that his mother just adores. But what about the BB gun? Written by garykmcd

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christmas | bb gun | school | 1940s | tongue | See more »

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Sometimes Christmas is about getting what you really want. See more »

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Comedy | Family

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PG | See all certifications »

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18 November 1983 (USA)  »

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Božićna priča  »

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CAD 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

When the character of Scut Farkas first appears, the "Wolf" music from Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf" plays in the background. The name "Farkas" is derived from the Hungarian word for "wolf". See more »

Goofs

Mrs. Parker mentions to the Old Man that "the Bears are playing Green Bay on Sunday". In 1939 and 1940 (the years it is generally agreed that the events occurred) the Bears and Packers did not play in December (the Packers played at Chicago on 11/5/1939 and 11/3/1940), and the NFL season was over by the second week of December. However in 1941 the Packers played a playoff game at Chicago on 12/14. See more »

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Narrator: Was there no end to the conspiracy of irrational prejudice against Red Ryder and his peacemaker?
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"Ming the Merciless" and "Flash Gordon" are listed as characters despite being cut from the general release. See more »

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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Monster A-Go-Go (1993) See more »

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Haven Gillespie
Performed by Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters
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The latest Christmas Classic -- A true gem!
1 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Peter Billingsly in a custom made role as Ralphy, the 9-year old who wants a toy rifle for Christmas in 1940 Cleveland. Everyone from his mom to his teacher, to even Santa Claus himself tell him that "he'll shoot his eye out" and should not have such a dangerous toy. Many wonderful scenes of "boys will be boys" trouble, including the unforgettable "tongue frozen to the flag pole" make this movie a delight to watch again and again.

As an added bonus there is much authentic Cleveland nostalgia, including the old wooden escalators at Higgbees and the main Square in front of Tower City. Add this to your Christmas Classics and place it right next to "Miracle on 34th Street" and "It's A Wonderful Life"!


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