W: Bob Clark, Leigh Brown & Jean Shepherd [based
on the novel "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash" by Jean Shepherd]
DP: Reginald H. Morris
Ed: Stan Cole
Mus: Carl Zittrer & Paul Zaza
Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker), Melinda Dillon
(Mrs. Parker), Darren McGavin (Mr. Parker), Ian Petrella (Randy Parker)
A huge Yuletide nostalgia comedy hit in the native
US, but didn't do the same business in the UK and I kind of understand why.
From my point of view, I couldn't relate to it
because it wasn't my childhood. Perhaps the reasons are both generational and geographical.
It's set in the late-40's and is told through the
rather innocent eyes of a young boy in the build up to Christmas for which all he wants is a BB-gun. He goes to school, looks after his kid brother, listens to radio shows
and gets his mouth washed out with soap & water whenever he uses foul language.
It's not a bad film by any means and the kid
steals the show without any doubt. I just couldn't relate to it. Give me A Christmas Carol anyday.