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The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters

March 16, 1982

This is the second movie Shep made for PBS Funded by: Corporation for Public Broadcasting (The Program Fund) Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) Jean Shepherd as the Narrator "Ballad of Ludlow Kissel" Sung by Leigh Brown Shep's dog Daphne appears in the movie This movie was comprised of many of the stories which first appeared in Playboy Magazine and were told in various forms over the years on the radio. In the movie, during the 'blind date' scene, Shep and his blind date Pamela, Schwartz and his date Clara Mae, are watching the movie "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing". Clara Mae says to Schwartz "This is so romantic. It's just like us." In the movie William Holden and Jennifer Jones fall in love and Holden goes off to war and never returns. In real life Schwartz goes off to war and never returns. The music at the end of the movie is "Blue Hawaii" as sung by Bing Crosby. The opening sequence had Shep at Pedro's South of the Boarder going through the fireworks.
Story Lines: Sears Radio Scragging Sack races at the picnic
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1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


1981
On the Set of "Great American 4th of July "

Courtesy: Andy Palley


January 03,1982
Asbury Park Press

Courtesy: Steve Glazer


March 16,1982
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March 16,1982
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March 16,1982
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March 16,1982
Publicity Photo - James Broderick and Matt Dillon