Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1983 Comedy
movie starring Melinda Dillion, Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin
Contributed by: David Jones
Shooting began on January 14, 1983 and was completed on March 24, 1983.
To find an American city resembling an Indiana town of the 1940s, director, Clark, sent his location scouts to twenty cities before selecting Cleveland, Ohio, as the site for filming.
The people of Cleveland were incredibly co-operative during filming, donating antique vehicles from every corner of the city. These vintage vehicles helped to enhance the authenticity of the production design.
Contributed by: Jonathan Lim
Most of the classic toys seen in the film, from the Little Orphan Annie decoder pin to the Red Ryder gun itself, are authentic. A multitude of collectors were required to obtain them.
The Red Ryder BB gun used in the movie wasn't an original early 40's era gun, but a special BB gun made by the Daisy Corporation just for the movie. Six prop guns were made having such non-standard items as the "compass in the stock" and "this thing that tells time" (which was supposed to be a small sun dial). While there was a BB gun from that era (late 30's early 40's) that did have a compass in the stock and a sun dial, it wasn't a Red Ryder. It was the 1937 Model 25 Buck Jones BB gun. While Daisy has made commemorative Red Ryders in later years that do indeed have these features (no doubt to satisfy the demand caused by the movie), such a gun never existed back when Ralphie yearned for his.
The pole that Flick gets his tongue stuck to was not a real pole. It was made by the film crew and had a small hole that sucks air in and kept his tongue "stuck" to the pole.
According to Director Bob Clark, Jack Nicholson was given the script and was very much interested in the role of Mr. Parker, "The Old Man". However, Clark didn't learn of this until later and the studio didn't want to pay Nicholson's fee anyway, which would have doubled the budget. Regardless, Clark says that Darren McGavin was still the better choice and was born to play the role.
The house we see from the street with the big bulb lights, the Christmas Tree, and the leg lamp was indeed in Cleveland, OH. But the inside shots were filmed in a studio back in California.
There is no house where the Bumpass clan was supposed to reside, but an empty lot. The back yard where Ralphie shoots his eye out is the backyard of the Cleveland house.
The scene where the old man recieves his leg lamp was also in this house. Today, you can tour that house in Cleveland and see props from the movie in a museum across the street from it.
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