Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Destination of the Day: 'A Christmas Story', filmed in Cleveland, OH

Destination 3 in the series "Ready for my close-up"

Yet again we have two Great Lakes cities substituting for another, this time Cleveland and Toronto for 'Hohman' (Hammond), Indiana.  This interesting holiday story did poorly during its initial run in 1983.  The film may still be a footnote if not for a showing on HBO and subsequent heavy rotations on SuperStation WTBS and SuperStation WGN.  Now 28 years after its big screen drumming 'A Christmas Story' has found its place.  The Cleveland home and nearby museum are open for tours.

Not enough for you?  Two megafans filmed 'A Christmas Story Road Trip for Raphie' and visited many of the locations used in the film.  See its trailer at

Plot (from AMC): Adapted from a memoir by humorist Jean Shepherd (who narrates), the film centers on Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), a young boy living in 1940s Indiana, desperately yearning for a Red Rider BB gun for Christmas. Despite protests from his mother (Melinda Dillon) that he'll shoot his eye out, Ralphie persists, unsuccessfully trying to enlist the assistance of both his teacher and Santa Claus. All the while, Ralphie finds himself dealing with the constant taunts of a pair of bullies and trying to not get in the middle of a feud between his mother and father (Darren McGavin) regarding a sexy lamp.

A Christmas Story Trailer-

A Christmas Story House and Museum
3159 West 11th Street
Cleveland, OH 44109

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