Traditions are funny because you never know when one is starting. I mean, you can’t force something to be important enough so you can continue doing it every year. But as personal some traditions can be, there are some that we might share collectively. For example, the movie A Christmas Story. Many of those who grew up with this classic never go through the holiday season without watching it on TV.
But how much do you know about Ralphie and his request to get a Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot Range Model air rifle? We have all the missing bits, thanks to Diply!
1. The book
Jean Shepherd’s book named In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash – a collection of semi-autobiographical stories that Shepherd wrote for Playboy magazine in the 1960’s – is the work A Christmas Story movie was based on.
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2. The development
It took director Bob Clark and writer Jean ‘Shep’ Shepherd took 10 years to conceptualize the film.
Famous American storyteller and media personality Shepherd, who co-scripted the movie, was the narrating voice of Ralphie and has a role in it where he plays an old shopper telling Ralphie to go back in line to see Santa.
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4. Mr. Parker
The role of Mr. Parker was offered to Jack Nicholson who was actually interested in it, but there were fears associated with the cost of casting the actor, so they decided to go in another direction, with the role going to Darren McGavin.
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The local residents of Cleveland, Ohio, volunteered their own vintage cars to help with authenticity.
6. Flik’s tongue
The scene where Flik’s tongue is stuck is due to a hidden suction tube that created the illusion.
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7. Leg lamps
Three leg lamps were made for this movie and all three broke while on set.
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8. The fight scene
Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) revealed that every word in his fight scene was scripted.
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“Christmas” is spelled incorrectly on Ralphie’s assignment, which is titled “What I Want For Chistmas.”
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10. The Wonder Years
This movie is what inspired the show The Wonder Years.
11. Wil Wheaton
Wil Wheaton auditioned for the role of Ralphie!
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12. Digital watch
In this scene, a kid is wearing a Dukes Of Hazzard digital watch which was produced in 1979, while the movie is set “amorphously late ’30s, early ’40s.”
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13. Ralphie’s lines
Ralphie has only 93 lines of dialogue in the entire movie.
14. A Christmas Story House
If you actually enter the address of the house on Cleveland’s west side where exterior shots for the movie were filmed into Google’s street view, you can see the famous leg lamp in the front door. The building has been restored, refurbished and opened to the public in 2006 as “A Christmas Story House”.
15. The restaurant staff
The actors didn’t know that the restaurant staff was going to sing to them so their reactions are genuine.
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Peter Billingsley who played the main character, also played Ming Ming the Elf in Will Ferrell’s 2003 Christmas fantasy comedy Elf.