The adult Ralphie narrates that this was the best present he had ever received or would ever receive.
Other vignettes: Several subplots are incorporated into the body of the film, based on other separate short stories by Shepherd.
He lies to his mother that a falling icicle broke his glasses, and she believes him.
Ralphie is in bed on Christmas night with his gun by his side.
Three of the semi-autobiographical short stories on which the film is based were originally published in Playboy magazine between 19.
A Christmas Story is a 1983 American Christmas comedy film directed by Bob Clark and based on Jean Shepherd's semi-fictional anecdotes in his 1966 book In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash, with some elements from his 1971 book Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories.
It stars Melinda Dillon, Darren Mc Gavin, and Peter Billingsley.
A seasonal classic in North America, it is shown numerous times on television, usually on the networks owned by the Turner Broadcasting System.
Since 1997, a marathon of the film titled "24 Hours of A Christmas Story" has aired annually on TNT and/or TBS, comprising twelve consecutive airings of the film on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day each year. It earned two Canadian Genie Awards in 1984 and in 2012 was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Cleveland was chosen because of Higbee's Department Store in downtown Cleveland.