Classic Corner: Fan-favorite film lights up the holidays like a dump truck driving through a nitroglycerin plant
With the holidays almost upon us, it’s time to start thinking about decking the halls, purchasing the perfect gifts, and of course, planning for those relatives.
While maybe not everyone’s family is picture perfect, some mental preparation could be necessary. AMC has the perfect prescription by offering a double dose of holiday humor with “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” airing Wednesday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 5.
Here’s look back at some fun facts that you may not know about the classic flick, all of which have led the Griswolds to be a part of everyone’s extended family.
Mae Questel, who played dear Aunt Bethany, made this the last film she ever made. Though her cat-wrapped lines were few, they sure continue to bring plenty of laughs. Her other notable work includes providing the voices of Betty Boop and Olive Oyl. “Play ball!”
Squirrel! A trained woodland creature was poised to take its place in the spotlight, but it died prior to the scene being shot. Instead, a wild version was used in its place. That’s just plain nuts!
In the iconic tantrum scene when the exterior lights wouldn’t illuminate, Clark (Chevy Chase) actually broke his pinky finger while punching the plastic Santa and reindeer display in the front yard. In response to the pain, he resorted to kicking them instead. Talk about, “Where’s the Tylenol?” Since it’s 2020, you’d better have some on hand!