Secrets of A Christmas Story
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2008 5:13 AM CST

(Newser) A Christmas Story is beloved by all, as evidenced by the enduring Christmas Eve marathons on TBS. But there are probably some things you don’t know about the timeless flick. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer runs down 25 of them.

  • The Cleveland house used for exterior shots is now a museum dedicated to the film.
  • Before its film career, the same house was host to vicious basement cockfights.

  • Jack Nicholson was originally offered the role of the father, eventually played by Darren McGavin.
  • The stories that led to the book that led to movie appeared in Playboy, of all places, in 1965 and 1967.
  • You can buy the English soap (Lifebuoy) used to wash out Ralphie's mouth in the museum's gift shop.
  • The annual TBS marathon on Christmas Eve draws 40 million viewers.
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