A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic

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A Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favourite since its release in 1983. 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 the release of Bob Clark’s sleeper hit. Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s radio broadcasts and short stories, A ...
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Overview


A Christmas Story has become a perennial holiday favourite since its release in 1983. 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 the release of Bob Clark’s sleeper hit. Adapted from Jean Shepherd’s radio broadcasts and short stories, A Christmas Story has inspired a mountain of merchandise, sequels, a stage adaptation, and a big-budget Broadway musical. There’s also a tourist attraction in Cleveland and annual conventions. Not bad for a movie that was only a modest hit during its original theatrical run. Now, in time for its 30th anniversary, the story of the making of the film — and what happened afterwards — is being told for the first time. Complete with rare and previously unreleased photographs and drawing on original interviews with cast and crew, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic is sure to make you glad you didn’t shoot your eye out!
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"Speaking of comprehensive, Caseen Gaines’ A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic can easily be called the definitive book about Bob Clark’s 1983 classic holiday film. Filled with untold stories, unreleased photographs, and much more, Gaines’ book is the perfect companion to the perfect holiday movie." — Parade.com

"Fans of the film – and film fans in general – will love this book. Extremely detailed and immensely fun to read, Caseen Gaines’ book only adds to the magic that is A Christmas Story. Expertly told in a style and tone that would make Jean Shepherd and Bob Clark proud." — Michael Ambers, producer of the TV Guide Network’s The Cast of A Christmas Story: Where Are They Now

"The ultimate companion book to the ultimate holiday movie!" —Mike Gencarelli, MediaMikes.com

"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

"A Christmas Story, everyone’s favorite modern holiday classic, finally gets the extraordinary book it deserves. 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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770411401
  • Publisher: ECW Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2013
  • Edition description: Media Tie
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 287,904
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Caseen Gaines

Caseen Gaines is a pop culture enthusiast who has won awards for essays on The Flip Wilson Show and the Planet of the Apes film series. He is a high school English teacher, the cofounder of Hackensack Theatre Company, and the author of Inside Pee-wee’s Playhouse. He lives in Hackensack, New Jersey.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

    Everything you ever wanted to know about A Christmas Story.

    This book was just so much fun because of all the detail about the people who were on camera and behind the scenes in the movie. My appreciation for what has become a Christmas classic has grown greatly since reading this book.

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  • Posted July 19, 2014

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    Review Nothing makes the holidays better than meatloaf, leg lamp

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    Nothing makes the holidays better than meatloaf, leg lamps, BB guns, and bullies! In Caseen Gaines newest pop culture book, A Christmas Story: Behind the Scenes of a Holiday Classic, readers are given a special tour of one of America’s favorite classic movies from the early eighties. Gaines adventure starts when he pulls up to the once house and now museum, of the one and only, Ralphie Parker. And this is where the adventure begins. A gift shop across the street, two massive buildings housing memorabilia, and the actual house used during the filming, complete with the nostalgic leg lamp! Gaines wanted to do more than just retell a story. He wanted to give readers the history behind it, insight into the characters, filming, and every in and out, he could acquire.

    “…after seeing the other tourists get out of their cars without forking over some green, Josh and I began to feel we had overpaid for what should have been free parking.”

    Filled with grainy old colored and black and white photos as well as a plethora of photos of what appears to be fan submissions; this book will delightfully take you on a trip down memory lane. For the young and old alike, this book is definitely one worth reading!

    Reviewed by Kim for Portland Book Review

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