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The Phantom of the Open Hearth (1976)

Ralph Parker a teenager in the early 1950's faces his junior prom while fantasying of one Daphne Bigelow his dream date. The ups and downs of life as a teen in a working class neighborhood in the 1950's Midwest.

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Jean Shepherd
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Cast

Credited cast:
David Elliott ... Ralph Parker As A Boy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Barbara Bolton Barbara Bolton ... Mrs. Parker (Mother)
James Bonnell James Bonnell ... Delivery Man
James Broderick ... Mr. Parker (father)
Leigh Brown Leigh Brown ... Lovely Arlita
Chris Clark Chris Clark ... Gertz
Frank Dolan Frank Dolan ... Leopold Doppler
David Elliot David Elliot ... Ralph
Joey Faye Joey Faye ... Al
Mary Fenstermacher Mary Fenstermacher ... Teacher
Adam Goodman Adam Goodman ... Randy Parker
Peter Graham Peter Graham ... Budge
David S. Howard David S. Howard ... Zudock (as David Howard)
Ed Huberman Ed Huberman ... Uncle Carl
William Lampley ... Flick
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Ralph Parker a teenager in the early 1950's faces his junior prom while fantasying of one Daphne Bigelow his dream date. The ups and downs of life as a teen in a working class neighborhood in the 1950's Midwest.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 December 1976 (USA) See more »

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Visions: The Phantom of the Open Hearth See more »

Filming Locations:

Newton, Massachusetts, USA

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Color
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Coffey's Market was a real store in Newton Corner. John Coffey, the owner, died from burns suffered in an accidental store fire in the early-1980s. See more »

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Beats A Christmas Story in spades!
11 June 2008 | by sunspottSee all my reviews

I saw PHANTOM when first broadcast and many times since. For my money it tops all adaptations of Shep's stories, including A Christmas Story. James Broderick is THE Old Man, playing him without the broad strokes Darren McGavin slathered on him in ACS. Barbara Bolton's spot-on on Ralph's mom, too. And watch Flick! The slightly sardonic, anti-nostalgia edge Shep favored on radio and in print holds sway here--it's as if Shep knew this might be his best (and only) shot at a film version of his stories, and he and all connected hit the notes. Yes, the complete 76-minute version (not the edited hour version played years ago on Disney) can be found with a little online searching. Don't miss it! Excelsior, you fatheads, and FLICK LIVES!


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