History Trivia / AChristmasStory

24th Dec '16 3:22:54 PM Ezclee4050
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*** ...the fan using the money he made from his business to buy [[http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/ the house in Cleveland]] that was used for exterior shots of Ralphie's house. He later dropped another quarter-million dollars to gut the house and remodel it to look like the sets that were used for interior scenes. The house across the street has been turned into a museum and Leg Lamp giftshop.

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*** ...the fan using the money he made from his business to buy [[http://www.achristmasstoryhouse.com/ the house in Cleveland]] that was used for exterior shots of Ralphie's house. He later dropped another quarter-million dollars to gut the house and remodel it to look like the sets that were used for interior scenes. The house across the street has been turned into a museum and Leg Lamp giftshop. At one point Ian Petrella (Randy) even lived in the house and led tours through it.
24th Dec '16 2:46:37 PM Ezclee4050
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** The female elf was written as a teenager. Patty Johnson, who was in her 30s, wasn't aware of that when she went to audition and responded angrily when she found out. Bob Clark realized that type of outburst was a perfect fit for the character and hired her anyway.
24th Dec '16 2:41:28 PM Ezclee4050
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** The Santa Claus scene was filmed over the course of several nights and the child extras kept messing up takes. The elves were both Cleveland-based actors who were moonlighting after their day jobs. Patty Johnson (the female elf) was so sleep-deprived she was dozing off between takes. As a result, the irritated frustration of Santa and the elves in that scene is very genuine.

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** The Santa Claus scene was filmed over the course of several nights and the child extras kept messing up takes. The elves Patty Johnson and Drew Hocevar, who played the elves, were both Cleveland-based actors Cleveland locals who were moonlighting after their day jobs. Patty jobs as schoolteachers. Johnson (the female elf) was so sleep-deprived she was dozing off between takes. As a result, the irritated frustration of Santa and the elves in that scene is very genuine.
23rd Dec '16 3:22:21 PM Ezclee4050
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* SavedFromDevelopmentHell: Bob Clark first conceived of a film based on Jean Shepherd's stories in 1967, and intended it to be his feature film debut, but he couldn't get any studios interested in it. The runaway success of ''{{Film/Porkys}}'' allowed him to finally secure the financing.
23rd Dec '16 3:04:26 PM Ezclee4050
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Apparently no one told Melinda Dillon that the waiters in the Chinese restaurant were going to bring in a cooked duck - and then suddenly chop off its head with a meat cleaver!

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Apparently no one told Melinda Dillon that the waiters in the Chinese restaurant were going to bring in a cooked duck - and then suddenly chop off its head with a meat cleaver!cleaver!
** The Santa Claus scene was filmed over the course of several nights and the child extras kept messing up takes. The elves were both Cleveland-based actors who were moonlighting after their day jobs. Patty Johnson (the female elf) was so sleep-deprived she was dozing off between takes. As a result, the irritated frustration of Santa and the elves in that scene is very genuine.
23rd Dec '16 2:51:46 PM Ezclee4050
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* ThrowItIn: The gospel choir in the opening sequence were originally just brought in as extras, but they spontaneously started singing "Go Tell It on the Mountain". The quick-thinking crew started rolling the cameras and it made the final cut.

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* ThrowItIn: The gospel choir in the opening sequence were originally just brought in as extras, but they spontaneously started singing "Go Tell It on the Mountain". The quick-thinking crew started rolling rolled the cameras and it made the final cut.
23rd Dec '16 2:50:39 PM Ezclee4050
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* ThrowItIn: The gospel choir in the opening sequence were originally just brought in as extras, but they spontaneously started singing "Go Tell It on the Mountain". The quick-thinking crew started rolling the cameras and it made the final cut.
23rd Dec '16 2:44:30 PM Ezclee4050
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* DawsonCasting: Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) was 12-years-old playing a 9-year-old.

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* TheDanza: Averted, since Scott Schwartz plays Flick rather than Schwartz.
* DawsonCasting: Peter Billingsley (Ralphie) was 12-years-old playing a 9-year-old. As Schwartz and Flick, R.D. Robb (11) and Scott Schwartz (14) also count.
14th Dec '16 11:58:05 PM Ronfar
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* EnforcedMethodActing: Apparently no one told Melinda Dillon that the waiters in the Chinese restaurant were going to bring in a cooked duck.

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* EnforcedMethodActing: Apparently no one told Melinda Dillon that the waiters in the Chinese restaurant were going to bring in a cooked duck.duck - and then suddenly chop off its head with a meat cleaver!
2nd Nov '16 4:04:32 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaliforniaDoubling:
** Toronto and Cleveland, OH stand in for 1940s Northern Indiana.
** Vancouver, Canada fills in for Northern Indiana in the sequel.
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