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"A Christmas Story" - as previously mentioned by Tony - "a tribute to the original, traditional, 100%, Red-blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas..." - Ralphie has to convince his parents , teachers and Santa that a Red Ryder BB gun really in the perfect gift for the 1940s.


"The Bishop's Wife" - a bishop trying to get a new cathedral built prays for guidance - starring Cary Grant, Loretta Young and David Niven - a quiet beautiful movie


"The House without a Christmas Tree" - set in 1946 Nebraska - Addie, a young girl, wants nothing more than a Christmas tree to decorate her home but her bitter, widowed father won't allow it.


"The Walton's - The Homecoming - A Christmas Story" - a rural American family celebrates Christmas Eve during the Depression


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Next year I think the Walton film will be remade for real.
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oh, terrence, i hope not!!!!  let's be positive. 




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Remember how WOR used to run Laurel and Hardy's "Babes in Toyland" every Thanksgiving?

"Christmas Story" is #1 for me. My wife still likes including "Christmas Vacation" as part of the mix.


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The March of the Wooden Soldiers as it is wrongly billed ........ ( Babes in Toyland is correct) is seen every Thanksgiving morning on Channel 11 ( was WPIX now the WB11) Watched Stanly Dee and Ollie Dum  fightin off those Bogeymen while switchin back and forth to the parade. Didn't want to miss the Under Dog ballon.  


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I read it was "Babes in Toyland" when it was initially released in 1932 and then it got changed to "March of the Wooden Soldiers" when it was re-released in 1954. So it was channel 11 and not 9. I wonder if anyone under the age of 50 watches it now.


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From Andrea:




'Ralphies,' leg lamp fans keep film thriving

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  • Fans celebrate the 25th anniversary of the holiday classic "A Christmas Story"
  • More than 4,000 gather at an annual convention dedicated to the movie
  • A house featured in the film has become a tourist attraction in Cleveland, Ohio
  • "It's a phenomenon to some degree and part of Americana," actor says
By A. Pawlowski
CNN

(CNN) -- Of all the holiday films to depict the giddy anticipation of Christmas, only one has inspired a cable marathon, a booming leg lamp industry and fans who dress up in pink bunny suits.

It has been 25 years since "A Christmas Story" arrived in movie theaters and soon vanished from the big screen and people's minds.

Reviews of the film were mixed at the time, with a critic for The New York Times calling the cast "less funny than actors in a television situation comedy that one has chosen to watch with the sound turned off."

But you're triple-dog-dared to say that today to the fans who tune in to its regular holiday showings -- including an annual 24-hour marathon on Christmas Day -- and who have transformed a small house in Cleveland, Ohio, into a tourist attraction simply because it was featured in the movie.

(The film's airings, including the annual marathon, are on TNT and TBS. Those networks, like CNN, are a unit of Time Warner.)

"It's a film where almost every actor seems like they're born to the role," said Brian Jones, a fan and the owner of A Christmas Story House and Museum, which sees more than 30,000 visitors a year.

Jones bought the home for $150,000 on eBay in 2005, but he was already making a living selling leg lamps -- replicas of the hilariously tacky "major award" one of the characters wins in the movie, complete with an illuminated base that looks like a woman's leg in a fishnet stocking and a lampshade that looks like a short skirt. See why Jones went from the Navy to selling leg lamps »

He now sells 10,000 lamps a year to fans like Rose Davis of Ashtabula, Ohio, who was one of the first people to visit the house when it opened and who has attended an annual convention devoted to the movie three times.

Davis, 68, still remembers the first time she saw the film with her family when it came out in 1983.

"We just sat in the back row of that theater and roared with laughter. We were even missing some of the punchlines," Davis said. "It was a disappointment that it wasn't a hit at that time. But then it took video and television to really make it so popular."

The Thanksgiving weekend convention in Cleveland attracted more than 4,000 people, including Davis.

Fans took part in a character look-a-like contest, met some of the original cast members and screened documentaries about the movie's director and the making of the film.

The idea for the gathering came naturally, Jones said.

"They have 'Star Trek' conventions, 'Star Wars' conventions, why not have 'A Christmas Story' convention?" he said. PhotoSee photos of the look-a-like contest and the cast members as adults »

Famous tongue

If "Star Trek" has Trekkies, "A Christmas Story" has Ralphies, named after the hero of the movie: Ralphie Parker, a 9-year old boy growing up in 1940s Indiana. He's on a mission to convince his parents, a cranky department store Santa and anyone who will listen that a BB gun is the perfect gift for Christmas.

"You'll shoot your eye out," everyone replies, to his exasperation.

Along the way, viewers meet Ralphie's colorful family, friends, classmates and tormentors, who fill the nostalgic landscape with lots of humor and childhood angst. The film was based on the stories of radio host and writer Jean Shepherd, who drew from his own childhood in Hammond, Indiana.

"It transcends generations. It doesn't matter if you're 5 or you're 85, you always remember that one particular holiday... when you wanted that one particular gift," said Scott Schwartz, who played Ralphie's friend Flick in the film. iReport.com: Are you a "Christmas Story" fan?

Schwartz was 14 when he was cast in the movie, appearing in one of its most famous scenes: Flick's tongue freezes to a metal pole when he touches it on a dare.

"It's very funny to have the world's second most-famous tongue: [KISS frontman] Gene Simmons and me," Schwartz said.

Filming the scene was actually much less excruciating than it looked. The pole was made of plastic with a suction tube inside and a little opening for his tongue, Schwartz said. When he touched it, the vacuum effect made it look like he was stuck.

"It was an absolutely painless experience other than the bitter, bitter cold," Schwartz recalled.

Cable hit

Schwartz still keeps in touch with Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie and continues a career in show business. Billingsley, 37, most recently produced the Vince Vaughn-Reese Witherspoon comedy, "Four Christmases" and had a cameo in the film.

Billingsley said he doesn't mind that he's most famous for a role he played as an adorable, chubby-cheeked, wide-eyed little boy.

"It's nice to be known for a pretty great movie," he told The San Francisco Chronicle earlier this year. "I'm certainly proud of it, and I'm finally at the point where I can watch it and appreciate it."

The movie has been a hit on cable television. TNT began airing a 24-hour marathon on Christmas Eve in 1997. The all-day fest moved to TBS in 2004. More than 47 million people watched at least part of the marathon last year.

If the marathon isn't enough, there are countless "A Christmas Story" plays staged across the country. A stage musical based on the movie is in the works.

It's all amazing and gratifying for the original cast.

"It's a phenomenon to some degree and part of Americana," Schwartz said. "People go out of their ways to do things for us simply because we brought them so much joy for so many years. It's a nice feeling."


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Christmas Movie Trivia Question:
 
"Name the only actor to appear in both "Miracle on
34th Street" (the original) and "White Christmas."
Hint: he was unbilled in both films.
 
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i figured it was the fat kid ..then i thought about it and figured in that movie the drunken santa had to be the guy ?  Percy Helton ?


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You're right!!  It's Percy Helton, who played the drunken
Santa Clause in "Miracle on 34th Street" and the Train
Conductor in "White Christmas."
 
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I can’t believe no one has mentioned Scrooge with Alastiar Sim.

 

A wonderful scene, one of the many, many, followed by the unforgettable ending of this great movie


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There was a twilight zone where Art Carney played a Santa that became Santa would like to see that one again .........


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Tom, you can view that -- and many other episodes online.

http://www.cbs.com/classics/the_twilight_zone/video/video.php?cid=649555532&pid=rh_moRFkNbYWprfmrcp5ld_adlfWxdRH&play=true

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Tony - I remember the Art Carney episode, and I looking forward to watching it.  I wonder if you have any info on another TV show.  Going way, way, back . . . I remember an episode of a show called, "I Remember Mama" in which the little girl, Dagmar, learned of a Norweigan myth that, on Christmas Eve, the animals could speak.  It made such an impression on me.  Do you know if that show is archived somewhere?

Mary



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