Sunday, December 23, 2012

It's Time for the Annual 'A Christmas Story' Marathon

"I triple-dog-dare you!"
Factoid of the day: Jean Shepherd's* "A Christmas Story" first appeared in--get this--Playboy Magazine. It is now a Broadway play (one I don't want to see; why would you do that to a classic?).

My favorite Christmas movie of all time. Love it.

"You'll shoot your eye out." "I triple-dog-dare you." Red Ryder BB gun. "What do you want for Christmas, little boy?" "Oh fuuuuuu...dge!"

For some of the great lines from the movie, go here. For the movie's marathon (annually since 1995) go to TBS any time between 8 p.m. Christmas Eve through 8 p.m. Christmas day.

(*OK, he spells it like a girl would. Jean is still around, living in Florida. He's 91.)

1 comment:

  1. Jean Shepherd died in 1999, I believe. The vignettes shown in the movie come from a collection of his stories, and were not originally all about Christmas. Those are collected in his book "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash". Shepherd appears as the man in line to see Santa in the movie, who tells Ralphie where the line starts. His voice was fantastic for these tales. I wish I had been able to pick him up on the radio.