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National Lampoon's Vacation Behind The Scenes

AKA:
National Lampoon's Vacation Picture
1983
If only girls like this really existed!
Go behind the scenes and learn what went on during the making of the 1983 Comedy movie starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D'Angelo, Imogene Coca et al.
Contributed by: Clark Griswold
The original ending of the movie was totally different and never seen by audiences. 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 than 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.
Contributed by: John Edward Kilduff
Vis a vis the alternate ending: This would probably explain the picture of the Griswold family wearing Marty Moose ears under the Warner Brothers logo at the end of the closing credits.
Contributed by: Michael Munro
Based on the description you have for the "original" Vacation ending, it sounds an awful lot like (although reworked) the scenerio used as the ending of Christmas "Vacation" movie. (With Cousin Eddie abducting Clark's boss..etc.)
Contributed by: Mike Leymaster
Chevy Chase recalled on Jay Leno's show that the original script had a red stripe on the highway trailing behind the station wagon when they were pulled over because of the leash that was hanging from the bumper. The scene was edited -for obvious reasons -but I think it sure would have been funny.
Contributed by: Jonathan Lim
John Hughes's original short story mentioned Disneyland as the family's destination. The film was then scripted that same way. However, because Disneyland is open 365 days a year, they refused to allow the park to be shown closed for repairs at the end of the film. The script was then altered with a fictional theme park as the family's destination.
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Deleted Scenes
When movies are made, scenes are often left on the cutting room floor.
The lost deleted scene was in Arizona just before the El Tovar Hotel scene at the "Grand Canyon". After the tow truck mechanic cleaned the "Griswolds" out of money for towing them out of rivene. This after Aunt Edna was found dead.

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.
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Alternate Versions
Sometimes, there will be several versions of a movie floating about on cable, tv or video etc. Other times, a Director may release a special cut of the movie.
Contributed by: Steve
In the TV version of this film, the music is different in the scene where Clark is "racing" Christie Brinkley. In the VHS & DVD version, "Little Boy Sweet" can be heard, but in the TV version "I'm So Excited" is playing.
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National Lampoon's Vacation