Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1983 Comedy
movie starring Melinda Dillion, Peter Billingsley, Darren McGavin
Jean Shepherd, (Writer/Narrator), is the irate man waiting in line at the department store.
Contributed by: Amy Richarte
Peter Billingsley (Ralphie Parker) plays an elf in the movie "Elf" (2003), directed by Jon Favreau.
Contributed by: Amanda Lueb
Peter Billingsley is also in the recent hit movie, "The Break Up", with Vince Vaughn and Jennifer Aniston. He plays Jennifer's character's best friend's husband, Andrew.
The scene where the "Bumpus Hounds" demolish the Parker's Christmas Turkey, is actually a spin on a story from Jean Shepherd's book "Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories," only in the book it's a Ham.
Scott Schwartz, who played Flick, went on to appear in several adult movies in the 90s before returning in 2000 to do mainstream films.
Singer/Songwriter Pepper Mcgowan was an extra during the mall scene.
Contributed by: Kristi Baran
The movie was based on a city in Indiana named Hammond. Jean Shepherd is from what is called "the region" which is Northwest Indiana, namely, Hammond, Indiana. I was born in Hammond and the town he calls Hohman is actually Hammond and the main street in downtown Hammond is Hohman Avenue. The dirty, unrelenting snow was very accurate, it seemed like we had snow on the ground from the beginning of November to the end of April...and it was ugly snow...gray and full of trash. Unfortunately, downtown Hammond went under after the invention of the "mall" and probably the fact that it was surrounded by railroad tracks didn't help. I was surprised to read that Ralphie's school was filmed in Canada...as it greatly resembled the school of the same name in Hammond. I don't think they could have made the movie in Hammond as it just isn't a very attractive place. Steel mills, polution, dirt and grime everywhere.
Jean Shepherd wrote another sequel to this updating what happened to Ralph and Randy. It is called "The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski" (1983). This time, the setting is Thanksgiving and Ralphie falls in love. The movie is owned by WGBH and may rarely be seen on PBS.
Contributed by: intothesea13
, the director of this wholesome film, had previously directed the low-brow comedy, "Porky's".
Contributed by: GoldTransAM
Yano Anaya, who played Scut Farkus's friend Grover Dill also played the kid version of Michael Anthony in Van Halen's "Hot For Teacher" video.
Contributed by: Ben Servin
There is a sequel to this film that appeared some time in the mid-nineties... it was called "My Summer Story" (or "It Runs in the Family"). It has the same director and narrator, I believe, from the "A Christmas Story" movie.
The director, Bob Clark also appears in the film as the neighbour who is asking Mr. Parker about the leg lamp as he is looking at it from across the street.
The actor Zack Ward who played the school bully went on to star as the brother, Dave, in the television show 'Titus'.
Peter Billingsley, who played Ralphie Parker, is now a Director in Los Angeles, and can be seen hanging out in the Los Feliz area with comedian Ahmed Ahmed, and actor Vince Vaughn.
Although in his thirties, he still looks like Ralphie. Peter first came into our homes as "Messy Marvin" in the chocolate milk commercials. He then became the youngest host of NBC's "Real People" and later in the 80's starred in the action-comedy "Russkies", aside a young Joaquin Phoenix.
Contributed by: Tom Doyle
Ralphie's house is on West 11th St in Cleveland, Ohio. It has been restored back to it's movie appearance after many years of being unrecognizeable. It is open to the public for tours along with a Christmas Story museum and gift shop located across the street from the house.
According to a friend who lived in the neighborhood where the house is located, when they were finished filming, the film makers left the place covered in the artificial snow.
Tedde Moore who played Miss Shields was 7 months pregnant at the time. Extra padding was added to cover up her baby bump.