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Subject: Archive: Bob Clark, Apr. 4, 2007

Film diector ("A Christmas Story")
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Date Posted: Thursday, April 04, 04:58:42pm

LOS ANGELES, April 4 (AP) — The film director Bob Clark, best known for the holiday classic “A Christmas Story,” died in a car accident yesterday in Pacific Palisades, Calif. He was 67.

Mr. Clark and his son Ariel Hanrath-Clark, 22, were both killed in a head-on collision with a driver under the influence of alcohol, said Lt. Paul Vernon, a police spokesman.

In “A Christmas Story” (1983), all 9-year-old Ralphie Parker wants for Christmas is an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot Range model air rifle.

His mother, his teacher and Santa Claus all warn: “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.”

A bully named Scut Farkus, a leg lamp, a freezing-flagpole mishap and some four-letter defiance helped the movie become a seasonal fixture with “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” Each holiday season, the TBS cable network runs a marathon that starts on Christmas Eve: in 24 hours the film is shown a dozen times in a row.

Mr. Clark specialized in horror movies and thrillers early in his career, directing such 1970s flicks as “Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things,” “Murder by Decree,” “Breaking Point” and “Black Christmas.”

Mr. Clark’s breakout success came with the 1982 sex farce “Porky’s,” a coming-of-age romp that he followed a year later with “Porky’s II: The Next Day.”
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“A Christmas Story” marked a career high for Mr. Clark. Darren McGavin, Melinda Dillon and Peter Billingsley starred in that adaptation of Jean Shepherd’s memoir of a 1940s boyhood. The film was a modest theatrical success, but critics loved it.

In 1994 Mr. Clark directed a forgettable sequel, “It Runs in the Family.”

Mr. Clark’s recent family comedies were savaged by critics, including “The Karate Dog,” “Baby Geniuses” and its sequel, “SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2.”

Mr. Clark’s other movies include Sylvester Stallone and Dolly Parton’s “Rhinestone,” Timothy Hutton’s “Turk 182!,” and Gene Hackman and Dan Aykroyd’s “Loose Cannons.”

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