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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 Wilbur Duckworth and the Magic Baton The Blind Date Scragging The Wash Rag Pyramid Scheme Uncle Carl's Fireworks Stand The Old Man's Fireworks Display Ludlow Kissel and the Dago Bomb Fireworks on the roof of Roosevelt High Sack races at the picnic


Production Information:
Studio / Network:
Director: Richard Bartlett
Asst Director:
Producer: Olivia Tappan
Executive Producer: Fred Barzyk
Running Time: 95 Minutes
Links to Further Information:
Star Ledger Review
 
Cast:

Matt Dillon (Ralph Parker)

James Broderick (The Old Man)

Barbara Bolton (Mom)

Jay Ine (Randy)

Jeffery Yonis (Schwartz)

Babe Sargent (Ludlow Kissel)

William Lampley (Flick)

Mike Moore (Wilbur Duckworth)

William R Riker (Uncle Carl)

Lisa Jacobsen (Pamela)

Andrea McCullough (Clara Mae)

Frank Dolan (Mr. Dirks)

Harriet Wilson (Mrs. Kissel)

Will Sahlein (Zudoc)

Brian Smiar (Gus)

John Blood (John)

Arnie Cox (Ace)

Christopher Childs (Mailman)

Paul McMaster (Hot Dog Man)

Dana Hardwick (Ledbetter)

Ruth Edinberg (Mother at Picnic
    
Photos:

This photo was taken on the set with (L-R) Shep , Jeffery Yonis (Schwartz), William Lampley (Flick), and Matt Dillon (Ralph) (Photo courtesy of William Lampley and Jeff Yonis -used with permission)

These Wilbur Duckworth photos were taken by Ken Rabin. He worked for WNET from 1978 until about 1983 when he moved to Boston to work for WGBH. (Photos courtesy of Andy Palley used with permission)





TV Guide Close-up

TV Guide Ad

Publicity Still - James Broderick and Matt Dillon
Screenshots:





(Wanda Hickey)

Jean Shepherd

The Bluebird Tavern

The Sears Radio

Ralph in the band

Randy on his bike

Wilbur showing off

Oops!

Washrag Pyramid

Slow news day

Potato sack race

Lud tries lighting a match

A 'punk' lends a hand

Oops! Again

Mrs. Kissel unaware

Poor Mrs. Kissle!

The Old Man shows off...

...sets himself on fire...

...and the school!