Episode 58, December 8, 2017: A Christmas Story

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It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas as we talk about freeloading children, defiled bathrooms, Brian's stupidity, and of course, A Christmas Story.

Warning: Spoilers, adult humor, and harsh language ahead. Listen at your own risk.

Show Notes:

2DudeReview - Episode 58: A Christmas Story

Christmas Story, 1983

Director: Bob Clarke

Writers: Jean Sheperd

Melina Dillon, Mother Parker

Darren McGavin, Old Man Parker

Peter Billingsley, Ralphie

Scott Schwartz, Flick

Jean Shepherd, Ralphie as an Adult

RD Robb, Schwartz

Zack Ward, Scut Farkus

Most of the film was filmed in Canada, not Cleveland Ohio.

The director received tax incentives for production there.

Warren G Harding School was actually shot at Victoria Public School in St Catharines, Ontarioi. The children were actually students of the school and received a whole dollar in return for being in the movie.

The movie takes place in Indiana.

The snow is fake. They mixed potato flakes, shredded vinyl, firefighters’ foam.

If it wasn’t for Porky’s there would never be A Christmas Story. Bob Clark directed Porky’s and because it was such a hit, MGM trusted Clark to make this movie.

The movie is based on Jean Sheperd’s book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. The book is actually a collection of short stories that Shepherd wrote for Playboy magazine during the 60s.

Yano Anaya played the toadie, Grover Dill. He was also in Better Off Dead. You might recognize him better if he yelled “TWO DOLLARS!”

Flick’s tongue was not actually stuck to the flagpole. There was a hidden tube that created the illusion that it was stuck there.

The movie was released before Thanksgiving in 1983 and pulled from theaters before Christmas.

This movie inspired the show “The Wonder Years.”

Jack Nicholson was considered for the role of the father. He was rejected because he would have been too expensive.

The vehicles were donated from the people of Cleveland.

The Daisy Rifle described by Ralphie in the film is a mistake. The gun did not have a compass or the sundial. That was a different model. The gun in the film is a custom made hybrid.

A Christmas Story 1983 89%

Bob Clarke

Porky’s 1982 30%

Iron Man, 2008 94%, Peter Billingsley, Executive Producer and a cameo

Darren McGavin:

The Natural, 1984 82%, Gus Sands

Billy Madison, 1995, 46% Brian Madison

Melinda Dillon

Close Encounters of the Third Kind, 1977, 96%, Jillian Guiler

Harry and the Hendersons, 1987, 42%, Nancy Henderson

Zack Ward

Transformers, 2007, First Sergeant Connelly, 57%

Freddy vs. Jason, 2003, Mark’s brother, 41%

Yano Anaya

Better off Dead, 1985, 82%, Paperboy

Final Grade of A-F

Chad's Grade: A+
Brian's Grade: A+
Karina's Grade: B