Revisit the 1983 Christmas classic "A Christmas Story" and find out behind the scenes facts surrounding the making of this beloved yuletide film.
1. Jack Nicholson was very interested in playing Ralphie's dad, but casting and paying Jack would have meant doubling the budget. Director Bob Clark says Darrin McGavin was the perfect choice.
2. For anyone keeping count, Ralphie says he wants the Red Ryder BB Gun 28 times throughout the course of the movie.
3. For the scene in which Flick's tongue sticks to the flagpole, a hidden suction tube was used to safely create the illusion that his tongue had frozen to the metal.
4. Mythbusters has tested whether it was possible to get your tongue truly stuck on a piece of cold metal. Guess what? It is.
5. Next time you're in Cleveland, you can visit the original house from the movie. It was sold on eBay in 2004 for $150,000. Collector Brian Jones bought the house and restored it to its movie glory and stocked it up with some of the original props from the film, including Randy's snowsuit.
6. Director Bob Clark got the idea for the movie when he was driving in the car with a date. He heard Jean Shepherd on the radio doing a reading of his short story collection, "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash," which included some bits that eventually ended up in A Christmas Story. Clark said he drove around the block for an hour until the program ended, which his date was not too happy about.
7. The Wonder Years was inspired in part by A Christmas Story. In fact, in one of the last few episodes, Peter Billingsley appeared as one of Kevin Arnold's roommates.
8. The real Red Ryder BB Gun was first made in 1938 and was named after a comic strip cowboy. You can still buy it today, but the original wasn't quite the same as the one in the movie; it lacked the compass and sundial that both the Jean Shepard story and the movie call for.
9. An elaborate fantasy sequence in which Ralphie joins Flash Gordon to fight Ming the Merciless was filmed but dropped from the final cut.
10. Although he occupies the most screen time in the film Peter Billingsley only has about 93 lines of dialogue thanks to the voice-overs.
Happy Holidays and try not to shoot your eye out.