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 same 'fridge that Ralphie and his friends carry up flight after flight of stairs is seen again later in the movie, abandoned by the side of a road in the woods. See more
Near the end when the family is stopped at a railroad crossing, the caboose on the train is Burlington Northern, which wasn't formed until 1971. See more
[the family just stopped for Ralph's mother to look at house rugs
Just once, I'd like to get to Ollie's before dark. Just once!
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