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29 Facts You Might Not Know About A Christmas Story

When it was first released in 1983, A Christmas Story wasn't much of a hit. But by being shown on TV over the next thirty years, it has become a Christmas classic. Just mention leg lamp, freezing your tongue to a metal pole, or "You'll shoot your eye out!" and people know what film you're refering to.  The movie's age and sleeper status mean that there's a lot in the background about the making of the movie that you don't know. A mega-list of trivia is about to change that.

2. Peter Billingsley, the actor who played Ralphie, was the first child who auditioned for director Bob Clark. Clark figured he couldn't hire the first child he saw audition, so he auditioned thousands of others before deciding to cast Billingsley as Ralphie anyway.

5. A Christmas Story is based on Jean Shepherd's 1966 book, In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash.

6. The book started as a series of short stories published in Playboy.

Read a lot more trivia about the movie A Christmas Story at Buzzfeed.

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I can relate to the movie as the setting(year and such) are about the same as my own childhood in Syracuse NY in the late 1940's. Actually lived on Cleveland Ave., but went to Garfield School. No BB gun.
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