14 December 2011

I betcha didn't know...Christmas Vacation Edition!







Cody Burger who plays Rocky, did not have a single line in the entire movie.






In the scene where Clark has his total breakdown after receiving his “Christmas bonus” – membership in a jelly of the month club – he rattles off a jawbreaking, tongue-twister of an insult about his boss. The crew had placed cue cards all over the set behind the camera so Chevy Chase could read the whole insult without stopping. In its entirety, the quote is:





Aunt Bethany (“Is your house on fire, Clark?”) is played by Mae Questel, the voice of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. Christmas Vacation was her last movie.



The Griswold house is actually an exterior set on “Blondie Street” on a Warner Brothers back lot in Burbank, CA, as is Todd and Margo’s house (the neighbors next door).  The house has been altered a lot to serve other movies, especially the interiors, which are also only a set, not a real house

In one of the virtual tours on that site, you can see what appears to be the Griswold foyer set as it looks today.  The staircase as seen in the movie:



According to the Warner Bros. website, Blondie Street was built to look like a suburban neighborhood. It has also been home to many movies and TV series, including American Beauty, Pleasantville, Gidget, Bewitched, The Partridge Family, and Eight is Enough. There are 12 residential homes on the street in a variety of styles (some with practical interiors).
In this long shot looking down the street, you can see the house that was used for Sergeant Murtaugh’s (Danny Glover’s) family in the Lethal Weapon movies.


Here’s a close-up of Danny Glover’s house that I took from the first Lethal Weapon movie. To the right of it, you can see a house that looks like Samantha and Darrin’s in Bewitched!





This is the first National Lampoons movie with the Griswolds to feature Rusty younger than Audrey. In the past, Audrey was the younger sibling.

Younger Audrey, Older Russ

To Younger Russ, Older Audrey? Um John Hughes did you not watch the first movies in this series?!? Audrey is suppose to be the YOUNGER sibling! 



 Chevy Chase appears in some scenes wearing a black Chicago Bears ball cap. He wears the same Chicago Bears cap throughout all four Vacation movies. 



The scene where the cat bites on the Christmas lights cord and gets electrocuted was nearly cut from the movie. Prior to the first test screening. the studio execs wanted the scene taken out, fearing that it might offend some viewers, but producer Matty Simmons begged them to leave the scene in, and they eventually gave in to his request. After the first test screening, the test audience had scored the cat electrocution scene as the No. 1 favorite scene throughout the entire movie.



And there you have it folks! :) Learn anything about the film you didn't know?




























20 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh! So hilarious and worth knowing. Love facts like that...sadly we haven't watched that movie yet this year.

    I have a feeling we're going to be busy next week getting caught up on all our Christmas movies!

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  2. This is seriously my favorite favorite favorite movie! I can quote almost the whole movie! I did learn a few things! I did however already know about the staircase and it being seen in other movies as well as Chevy Chase wearing the Bears hat! But love love love this post! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  3. loved this post! it's so hilarious, loved all the fun facts

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  4. Favorite christmas movie hands down, just watched it last night! I didn't know any of these fun facts, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. This is one of my favorite Christmas movies! Such a great post. I had no idea on some of this stuff.

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  6. Wow! Yes! I didn't know any of that! Haha thanks for sharing! :) I always love to hear behind the scenes movie stuff!

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  7. I love this! Christmas Vacation is one of my favorite holiday movies.

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  8. I love this post! Christmas Vacation is THE christmas movie that we watch every year. It always cracks me up... definitely learned a lot more about it after this post!

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  9. i love this!!! i'm sending it to all my National Lampoon friends xo

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  10. I love it! That is really funny about the siblings mix up.. Great post with some great info!

    Chelsi @ www.hellovodkaitsmechelsib.wordpress.com

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  11. That is my all time top favorite Christmas movie.
    Thanks for posting the trivia! It's fun to know that kind of stuff about movies

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  12. UHB-SESSED with this movie!!! I've srsly already watched it like 5 times this year! Such a classic. Thanks for the fun facts :)

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  13. I LOVE this movie!!! I didn't know any of these random facts, and I just died laughing watching that video. It never gets old. :o)

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  14. Omg, I've been watching this movie since I was little and I still LOL every single time. That rant scene is priceless!!! Love it!

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  15. Such funny movies! I think the Audrey Ross switch up is hysterical!

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  16. I learned so much from this post, haha! Christmas Vacation is my favorite Christmas movie! That's so funny that Aunt Bethany was also Betty Boop. I never would have known!

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  17. love it :)

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  19. I read this the other day and didn't have a chance to comment on it!!! I LOVED LOVED LOVED this post!!!!!!! I never knew any of this stuff!!! It is so funny to see the age differences change with the kids in all the different movies and now, every time I watch the scene with the long insult about Clark's boss, I now know that he is looking at cue cards!!!

    Amazingness! Thank you for posting this!!!

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  20. You should go take my Christmas Vacation quiz i posted on my blog today :)

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