Christmas Vacation | Dec 22 & 23
December 22 / 7:30 pm 8 December 23 / 7:30 pm
Starring Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo & Juliette Lewis
The Griswold family’s plans for a big family Christmas predictably turn into a big disaster.
The Strand proudly continues its Christmas season of fun and festive Yuletide programming with this contemporary classic comedy!
The movie is based on John Hughes’ short story “Christmas ’59”, the second Vacation story to be published in National Lampoon’s Magazine (the first was “Vacation ’58”, which was the basis forNational Lampoon’s Vacation (1983). The Christmas story was printed in December 1980. The label on the home movie reel that Clark finds in the attic is labeled “Xmas ’59,” a further allusion.
After failing to get the Christmas lights to work one last time, Clark Griswold takes his frustration out on the plastic decorations in the front yard. Chevy Chase actually broke his pinky finger while punching Santa Claus. He resorts to kicking and clubbing the decorations after that. The film kept rolling, and the take was used.
After Clark unsuccessfully attempts to demonstrate his handiwork with the house Christmas lights to his family, he asks Rusty to help him check all the light bulbs again. Rusty looks at his bare wrist, pretending to have a watch, and excuses himself. Looking at a bare wrist and pretending to have a watch, is one of Chevy Chase’s trademark gags.
This is the final film of Mae Questel, whose film career began in 1930, as the voice of Betty Boop.
Nation Lampoon’s | Christmas Vacation
December, Friday & Saturday 22 & 23 Only! 7:30pm