A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic - ECW Press

A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

Gaines, Caseen

  • For the thousands who love the offbeat Yuletide classic A Christmas Story comes a delightful gift book with rare and previously unreleased photographs, behind-the-scenes knowledge, and interviews with the stars of the beloved film.

    Learn about the special effects required to stick Flick’s tongue to the frozen pole, the film’s unlikely rise to fame after a mediocre theatre debut, and which famous actor Darren McGavin beat out for the role of the Old Man. 

    Since its release in 1983, A Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favorite. While millions watch the movie every year on television, few know the story behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent. Ralphie Parker’s quest for “a Red Ryder carbine action, two hundred shot Range Model air rifle with a compass in the stock and this thing which tells time” didn’t begin or end with Bob Clark’s sleeper hit. Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s radio broadcasts and short stories, A Christmas Story has inspired a mountain of merchandise, two sequels, and a big-budget Broadway musical. Not bad for a movie that was only a modest hit during its original theatrical run. Now fans can delve into the story behind the making of the film — and the story of what happened after its release. Drawing on original interviews with cast and crew, and complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic is sure to make you glad you didn’t shoot your eye out!

  • Caseen Gaines is a pop culture enthusiast and the author of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse (2011). He lives in New Jersey.

  • Published: October 2013

    ISBN: 9781770411401

    Dimensions: 8 x 10 in.

    Pages: 232

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“Caseen Gaines should be very proud of what he has done with this book. He has lovingly pulled back the curtain of a film we have grown to know so well...I do not hesitate for a second to recommend it to any fan of the film.” — The Retroist

"Caseen Gaines...has written the most comprehensive book on the history and making of the movie...This is definitely a book that any fan of the movie must have on their shelf, not only to read, but to use as a reference." — Flick’s Tongue blog