Ralphie’s pals, movie’s fans prepare to mark 25 years

By Ellen Creager Published: November 25, 2008
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photo - A photo from "A Christmas Story” shows Ralphie (actor Peter Billingsley) firing his BB gun in the backyard of the house used in the film.AP PHOTO
A photo from "A Christmas Story” shows Ralphie (actor Peter Billingsley) firing his BB gun in the backyard of the house used in the film.AP PHOTO
Can "A Christmas Story” really be 25 years old?

The iconic 1983 holiday film about Ralphie Parker and his dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun from Santa is marking a big anniversary this month.

At the "A Christmas Story” House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, a celebration Friday and Saturday will feature a reunion of the cast, including Scott Schwartz, who played Flick, the kid who got his tongue stuck to the flagpole, and Ian Petrella, who played Ralphie’s little brother Randy.

"People don’t realize the movie is 25 years old,” says Steve Siedlecki, museum executive director. "It’s only been popular for 10 years or so, when they started showing it on television.”

The plain clapboard, two-story home was used for the film’s exterior shots. Now, it’s a lovingly restored museum containing "A Christmas Story” props, costumes, memorabilia and photos.

Bought in 2004 by "A Christmas Story” fan Brian Jones, the house has been restored to the yellow-with-green-trim color it had in the film. Jones opened it as a museum in November 2006.

The gift shop across the street sells items from leg lamps to decoder pins to talking Ralphie dolls.


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