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

A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

Gaines, Caseen

  • “The definitive book about Bob Clark’s 1983 classic holiday film.” Parade

    A delightful gift book with rare and previously unreleased photographs, behind-the-scenes insight, 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 theater debut, and which famous actor Darren McGavin beat out for the role of the Old Man

    From Jean Shepherd’s original radio broadcasts to Bob Clark’s 1983 sleeper hit film and beyond, A Christmas Story has become a beloved yuletide tradition over the last three decades. This engaging book reveals — and celebrates — the inside scoop behind the film’s production, release, and unlikely ascent to the top of popular culture.

    This is the untold story of the making of the film — and what happened afterwards. Ralphie Parker’s quest for a Red Ryder Air Rifle didn’t conclude with the movie’s release; the tale inspired massive VHS sales, a Broadway production, and a mountain of merchandise. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs, this book provides fans of the movie and film buffs alike with all they didn’t know about the timeless classic.

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  • 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

“Entertainingly and exhaustively sheds new light on a movie that everyone loves and thinks they know inside and out. Engaging and packed with enlightening anecdotes, it’s a perfect companion to the movie.” — Richard Crouse, author of 100 Best Movies You’ve Never Seen and Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils

“An iconic and brilliant part of Americana is brought back to life through Caseen Gaines’ book. I couldn’t stop smiling while reading it!” — Noah Levy, cohost of VH1’s The Gossip Table

“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

“Caseen Gaines’ comprehensive, insightful, and beautifully illustrated look at Ralphie Parker and his family will make perennial viewings of this beloved comedy an even richer and more entertaining tradition.” — Jeremy Kinser, Queerty

“The definitive book about Bob Clark’s 1983 classic holiday film. Filled with untold stories, unreleased photographs, and much more.” — Parade