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50 things you might not know about 15 of your favorite Christmas movies (50 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 5, 2013

Whether your Christmas film tastes go for classics like "White Christmas" and "Miracle on 34th Street" or the more modern favorites like "Elf" and "The Santa Clause," there's always something new to discover.

Here's a look at 50 things you might not know about 15 of your favorite Christmas films.

1 of 50. A Christmas Story

"A Christmas Story" director Bob Clark says in the film's DVD commentary that he worked with writer Jean Shepherd for nearly ten years on "A Christmas Story" before the film was made.

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2 of 50. A Christmas Story

Scott Schwartz, who played the character Flick in the film, explained to The Huffington Post last year how the tongue-frozen-to-the-flagpole scene was filmed:

"They painted and made a fake flagpole. And there’s a little hole in it, the size of, basically, your pinky nail, with a vacuum cleaner tube, basically a suction" Schwartz said. "No, I did not really stick my tongue to the pole. They can’t do that. There’s child labor laws."

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3 of 50. A Christmas Story

According to Peter Billingsley, who played young Ralphie in "A Christmas Story," the "steady torrent of obscenities and swearing of all kinds" that poured out of him during the scene where he beats up Scut Farkus were scripted, word for word.

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4 of 50. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" with Jim Carrey featured 8,200 ornaments, 1,938 candy canes, 152,000 lbs. of crushed marble used for snow on Whoville exterior sets, 443 outfits, 52,000 Christmas lights and 2 million linear feet of Styrofoam — which translates into 6 miles of Styrofoam, if it had been cut into standard board length.

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5 of 50. Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas

At the advice of George Lucas, director Ron Howard "tweaked" existing materials rather than creating the Who world from scratch. He chose 1950s-style appliances and props and made them to fit Dr. Seuss' style using clues from the book like a curved "General Who-lectric" fridge. Whoville kitchens feature 1950s stoves that have been painted and fitted with new handles, dials and grills, while a plethora of other props, from blenders to record players, were built using materials purchased at flea markets, antique stores and garage sales.

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1. MrsH
Altamont, UT,
Dec. 5, 2013

Even though I hate clicking through the list...I LOVED the article.
Didn't know a lot of these things...gives me a greater appreciation of, and desire to watch the movies again.
Thanks!

2. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
Dec. 5, 2013

Dysfunctional family, weird food, problematic christmas technology and props. Christmas vacation is the best of the holiday movies.

3. Arm of Orion
Cottonwood Heights, UT,
Dec. 8, 2013

I dis agree hutterite. The best Chirstmas movie is Die Hard

4. Hutterite
American Fork, UT,
Dec. 25, 2013

Arm...you're right, Die Hard is a good movie. MrsH is correct, too. This format for lists is excruciating to go through, and a hog when you're using your cel phone data plan from the truck seat. I wish they'd just post the entire list, and let you click on whichever list entry strikes our fancy.