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A Long Beach home's immortal link to John Hughes and Ferris Bueller

August 6, 2009 |  7:00 pm

The untimely passing of movie director John Hughes had at least one TV news station -- KCAL Channel 9 -- going to an unusual place to report the story: Long Beach.

What's the connection to Hughes? On Country Club Drive in the city's tony Los Cerritos neighborhood stands a house that fans of 1980s teen comedy will instantly recognize: The Ferris Bueller house from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

The white two-story home with a porch and columns in front is something of an attraction in Long Beach, and locals like to show it off.

A few years ago, Times humor columnist Steve Harvey weighed in on the significance of the Ferris Bueller house:

Hughes says the comedy about some wandering high school students was set in Chicago because "it's my city, and I really wanted to show it at its best."

 But, he admitted, the two-story Ozzie and Harriet-type house depicted as Ferris' home in the opening scene was actually in Southern California.

 It "disappointed me that the first shot in my movie that took place in Chicago was in Long Beach," Hughes said.

Eighteen years later and the guy's still grumbling about having to visit Long Beach!

--Shelby Grad

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