It's summertime in Hohman, Indiana, and 14-year-old Ralph Parker can't wait to get his first job. His friends Schwartz and Flick are less enthusiastic, and the job turns into a nightmare presided over by the story's author, Jean Shepherd, in hilariously unconvincing movie makeup. Ralph's dad hardly can wait for the family's upcoming fishing vacation in Michigan at the movie title's resort but will have to drive their old car through a sea of troubles to get there. Fuzzhead the dog runs away and joins a wealthy family, to the consternation of Mom, who patiently handles über-whiner little-brother Randy and buys a whirligig as consolation. Written by
Did You Know?
The Parkers' car is a 1946-1948 Chevrolet Stylemaster. See more
The story takes place in Indiana, but Texas license plates can be seen on many of the cars. See more
What are you doing? We don't have time to look at any dumb hooked rugs! We're trying to make it to Ollie's before dark!
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