Making National Lampoon's Vacation
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In the original ending, after Clark punches Marty Moose, and buys the b.b. gun, he than drives into Beverly Hills instead of returning to Walley World. He finds Roy Walley's mansion and drives thru the front gates to find Roy Walley on the back patio having a meeting with some of his associates. Clark then forces Walley and his associates at gunpoint, to sing and dance to some Marty Moose songs.
The police arrive and the ending is similar to the police arriving at Walley World. Clark and Roy have a heart to heart and Walley decides not to press any charges.
The final scene is the Griswolds on an airplane. They are discussing their vacation, and how they must add Roy Walley to their christmas card list and wearing Marty Moose hats. The flight attendant announces on the P.A. that the flight is headed on a non-stop to Atlanta. Clark realizing they are on the wrong plane, gets up and begins to scream that they are on the wrong plane. Then it cuts to the runway and you hear the ground control radioing in for security about a cabin disruption.
Six months after the film ended production, it was screened to preview audiences and they hated the ending. So the cast and crew got back together and shot the Walley World ending.
Next Section: Deleted Scenes
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The car was running out of gas and Clark Griswold had no way of paying for it. Just before the park entrance of the South Rim to Canyon and El Tovar Hotel. Clark Griswold stopped at a gasoline service station (Texaco) in front of the "Moqui Lodge" to get a tankful of gas and when he did he drove off without paying for it, sending the attendant after him on foot when he drove off.
I was employed by Fred Harvey Co. at the Moqui Lodge which owned that Texaco when that scene was shot. It was Aug. 2nd 1982 and I saw the whole thing and it was hilarious. I hope to see an expanded version (uncut with all deleted scenes) on Digital DVD/ Bluray with that scene and all others including alternate ending.
Next Section: Alternate Versions
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