A Christmas Story

Trivia: Melinda Dillon was given the wrong script on purpose when they filmed the Chinese restaurant scene. She had no idea that when they brought the duck out it would have its head still attached. All of her reactions, including when she first sees the duck and when the server cuts the head off, were completely genuine.


Trivia: The film is set in Indiana, but was actually filmed in Cleveland, Ohio. It was the only place the directors could find that looked like a midwestern town in the 1940's.

Trivia: The late Jean Sheppard, who wrote the series of short stories upon which the movie was based, narrates the movie (credited, "Ralphie as an adult") and also has a cameo in the scene where Ralphie and Randy are going to see Santa. (Sheppard is the guy who tells them to go to the back of the line).

Trivia: Director Bob Clark has a cameo appearance in this movie. He portrays Swede, Mr. Parker's neighbor.

Trivia: The decoder in the movie is set in order from 1-26 Q S U T V Y Z X A C E B G H D J F I L M K W N O R P.


Trivia: Five minutes from the center of Cleveland Ohio you can tour the actual home used to film A Christmas Story. The tour website links to an affiliated online gift shop (with licensed merchandise) based in Cleveland and it links to the walk-in gift shop store that is directly across the street from the tour house.

Trivia: Mom, Melinda Dillon has acted in two very popular movies where artistically piled mashed potatoes plays prominently. Here Randy packs his vertical fork with them. In "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", Melinda meets up with Richard Dreyfuss who earlier also sculpts mash potatoes upward. In "Close Encounters of the Third Kind she's the mother of the featured little boy character.

Trivia: The music playing when Scut Farkus appears is the Wolf's theme from Sergei Prokofiev's "Peter and the Wolf". Farkas is a Hungarian name, but literally means "Wolf".


Trivia: During the scene in the department store where Ralphie and Randy are standing in line, awaiting their turn to tell Santa what they want for Christmas, there is a boy in front of them wearing some sort of fighter pilot goggles. This boy was never hired to be in the movie; he was a local at the department store. Director Bob Clark kept him because he thought he had the right look for the scene.

Trivia: When Ralphie comes down the stairs in the pink bunny outfit, the line spoken by the old man, "He looks like a deranged Easter bunny," was ad-libbed by Darren McGavin. Director Bob Clark liked it so much he kept it in. (Source: Quest Capsule).



Trivia: When he imagines defeating Black Bart and his gang, Peter Billingsley/Ralphie is chewing real Red Man chewing tobacco. Usually black licorice is used in movies, but director Bob Clark gave him actual chew, which made him sick.


Trivia: Although the Warren G. Harding school was depicted to be within easy walking distance, it was actually in St. Catherines, Ontario. The Parker home exterior was on 11th Street, Cleveland, Ohio. Quite a bit of a walk. Also, the Chop Suey Palace was also in Ontario.

Movie Nut

Trivia: When The Old Man is outside directing the placement of the lamp, and he talks to Swede (director Bob Clark), Swede is wearing a Miami Dolphins snow hat. It was turned sideways to hide the logo, since the Dolphins didn't come into existence until 1965.


Continuity mistake: When Melinda Dillon breaks the lamp, it is broken into many pieces, but when Darren McGavin is gluing it back together it is now in much fewer and bigger broken pieces. Obviously different broken lamps were used.

More mistakes in A Christmas Story

Mom: Ralphie, what would you like for Christmas?
Adult Ralphie: Horrified, I heard myself blurt it out.
Ralphie: I want an official Red Ryder carbine action two hundred shot range model air rifle.
Mom: No. You'll shoot your eye out.

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Question: I apologize for my original question, that is currently listed on MM, I was mistaken as to where in the film my question refers to, so please delete that question. That said, can someone answer this, please. Right before the lamp breaks, and right after Ralphie's mom fills her watering can in the sink, it really sounds like the "old man" yells, "You platypus nut-grabber". Is that what he's saying? I realize most of his "swearing" is actually nonsensical words and rants.

Answer: You are quite right about this. At one point, he does say "platypus nut-grabber." If you listen closely, you can hear it amongst all the ranting and raving.


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