Shepherd later read "Duel in the Snow, or Red Ryder nails the Cleveland Street Kid" and told the otherwise unpublished story "Flick's Tongue" on his WOR Radio talk show, as can be heard in one of the DVD extras.Bob Clark states on the DVD commentary that he became interested in Shepherd's work when he heard "Flick's Tongue" on the radio in 1968.The front of the Parkers' house where A Christmas Story was filmed in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland's west side.The building, restored and reconfigured inside to match the soundstage interiors, is open to the public as A Christmas Story House The film is presented in a series of vignettes, with narration provided by the adult Ralphie Parker reminiscing on one particular Christmas when he was nine years old.Cleveland was chosen because of Higbee's Department Store in downtown Cleveland.
Harding Elementary School and Cleveland Street (where Shepherd spent his childhood).
Ralphie wanted only one thing for that Christmas: a Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-shot Range Model air rifle.
Ralphie's desire is rejected by his mother, his teacher Miss Shields, and even a Santa Claus at Higbee's department store, all giving him the same warning: "You'll shoot your eye out." Christmas morning arrives and Ralphie dives into his presents.
In the DVD commentary, director Bob Clark mentions that Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of the Old Man; Clark expresses gratitude that he ended up with Darren Mc Gavin instead, who later appeared in several other Clark films.
He cast Melinda Dillon on the basis of her similar role in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.