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Some Christmas stories are timeless classics. Ebenezer Scrooge learns the meaning of the holiday from ghastly visitors. The Grinch goes from Christmas thief to hero of Whoville. Buddy the Elf spreads the Christmas cheer by singing out loud for all to hear. And Ralphie Parker craves an official Red Ryder Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle.

Yes, the 1983 movie a Christmas Story is an indispensable entry in the Christmas cinema canon. It’s also a holiday tradition, especially since TNT and TBS have regularly shown the film in 24-hour Christmas Eve marathons for years — with millions of TV viewers hanging out with Ralphie (Peter Billingsley), younger brother Randy (Ian Petrella) and Mrs. Parker (Melinda Dillon) and “Old Man” Parker (Darren McGavin) cheer the parents on.

But you might be surprised to know that a Christmas Story It wasn’t the first time Ralphie had appeared on screens, and it certainly won’t be the last: HBO Max continues the family saga with the November 17 film A Christmas Story Christmaswith the now-adult Billingsley returning to his childhood role.

As christmas story Fans may now know that the 1983 film is based on radio personality Jean Shepherd’s semi-autobiographical stories, which he shared through broadcasts on Manhattan’s WOR radio station between 1955 and 1977.

Shepherd’s friend Donald Fagen wrote for slate In 2015, the stories fell into four categories: Depression-era stories based on Shepherd’s childhood in Hammond, IN; Stories from his service with the Signal Corps during World War II; anecdotes from his post-war career on radio and television; and finally reflections on modern life.

And it was the stories of the first category that were most familiar to him christmas story Fans, wrote Fagen. “Those stories were about his manic father (‘the old man’); his mother (always standing over the sink in a “yellow chenille bathrobe with quilted feathers and bits of dried egg on the lapels”); his little brother Randy and various buddies, thugs, beauties and other guys from the neighborhood,” added the Steely Dan singer.

(The website Flick Lives, run by Shepherd historian Jim Clavin, catalogs the real-life inspirations for characters a Christmas Story and other pastoral stories. According to the website, Flick was inspired by Shepherd’s best friend Jack Flickinger; Schwartz was an analogue for humorist Paul LR Schwarz’s friend; Shepherd actually had a teacher named Miss Shields.)

As vanity fair reported, Shepherd finally penned his stories after being urged by Shel Silverstein, the children’s poet and children’s poet playboy cartoonist and Lois Nettleton, an actress who was Shepherd’s second wife. Almost two dozen of Shepherd’s stories came in as a result playboyand in 1966, the radio host released his best-selling collection of stories In God we trust: Everyone else pays in cash.

Then came a Christmas Story. Filmmaker Bob Clark came up with the idea for the film in 1968 after hearing one of Shepherd’s monologues on the radio, a story about a boy putting his tongue on a frozen metal pole during a challenge. (Sound familiar?)

Clark was so captivated by this monologue that he was 45 minutes late for a date because he wanted to hear the end of the story. “I’m going to make a film about this man’s work,” Clark thought to himself vanity fair.

The problem was that the studios didn’t want to fund the film Clark had in mind. Only after Clark directed the hit 1981 sex comedy piggy that MGM bet on the director’s idea for a nostalgic Christmas movie. Clark finally got the green light for a Christmas Story, more than a decade after hearing Shepherd’s monologue on the radio. He wrote the screenplay with Shepherd and Leigh Brown, Shepherd’s third wife, and the rest is holiday history.

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a Christmas Storyhowever, is only part of what has come to be known as the Parker Family Saga. Shepherd wrote and narrated two TV movies that came before that: 1976 The Phantom of the Open Hearth and 1982s The Great American July 4th and Other Disasters, in the latter Matt Dillion played Ralphie. Shepherd also wrote and narrated two television films that followed a Christmas Story: 1985s The Star Crossed Romance by Josephine Cosnowski and 1988s Ollie Hopnoodles Haven of Blisswith Jerry O’Connell playing Ralphie in the latter.

And in 1994 a cinema sequel was added a Christmas Storyanother film that Clark directed and co-wrote with Shepherd and Brown: It runs in the familylater known as My summer storywith Kieran Culkin as Ralphie and Mary Steenburgen and Charles Grodin as his parents.

a Christmas Story‘s legacy was also expanded with a musical stage adaptation that ran on Broadway in 2012 and 2013 and the subsequent 2017 Fox special. A Christmas story live!which starred the talent of Maya Rudolph, Matthew Broderick, Jane Krakowski and Andy Walken.

Now comes A Christmas Story Christmas – “And this time, Ralphie is all grown up and has to deal with Christmas and all that entails…as a father,” teases HBO Max. Billingsley portrays Ralphie again, along with other actors reprising their roles from the 1983 original: Scott Schwartz as Flick, RD Robb as Schwartz, Ian Petrella as Randy and Zack Ward as Scut Farkus.

And with a Christmas StoryDue to HBO Max’s continued appeal, fans hardly need to watch “Triple Dog Wage.”

A Christmas Story ChristmasMovie premiere, Thursday, November 17, HBO Max

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