45 PIECES OF MOVIE AND TELEVISION TRIVIA: CHRISTMAS CLASSICS

I guess you can call this my version of a Christmas card. 😄 (And as always, previous trivia lists I've done can be found here: Every Trivia List I've Done So Far)
  1. While now a holiday classic, It's a Wonderful Life was a box office flop when first released in 1946.
    It cost $3.7 million to make but pulled in only $3.3 million.
  2. Films made prior to 1946's It's A Wonderful Life used cornflakes painted white to achieve the effect of falling snow.
    The problem with this method, though, was that the cornflakes were often loud and required any dialogue to have to be dubbed in later. But due to director Frank Capra's desire to be able to record dialogue live, the RKO Effects Department developed a new snow effect that used foamite, soap, and water. For their efforts, they were awarded a Class III Scientific or Technical Award from the Motion Picture Academy.
  3. George Bailey wanted to attend college "to learn how to build things." In reality, James Stewart majored in architecture at Princeton University.
  4. In the scene where Mary throws the rock at the window at the Granville House, Frank Capra hired a marksman to shoot out the window on her (Donna Reed) cue. To everyone's amazement, though, the marksman wasn't needed because Donna Reed broke the window on her own.
    They didn't know she had played baseball in high school.
  5. A bell ring is heard forty-two times throughout the course of It's a Wonderful Life (1946).
  6. Dalton Trumbo, Dorothy Parker, Clifford Odets, and Marc Connelly all did uncredited rewrites on the script for It's a Wonderful Life.
  7. To date, Edmund Gwenn is the only actor to have won an Academy Award for portraying Santa Claus.
  8. Percy Helton, who played the inebriated Santa in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) also appeared in White Christmas (1954) as the train conductor.
  9. In order to get a genuine reaction from Natalie Wood, Edmund Gwenn improvised his reaction to her pulling on Santa's beard.
  10. The Macy's window displays used in Miracle on 34th Street (1947) were sold to FAO Schwartz, who then sold them to Marshall & Ilsley Bank in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  11. Unbeknownst to most of the attendees of the 1946 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Edmund Gwenn played the role of Santa Claus in the parade that year.
    He even addressed the crowd from the store's marquee and unveiled the Christmas window display.
  12. Despite being a Christmas movie, Miracle on 34th Street was released on June 4, 1947.
    However, the film was shot during a bitterly cold winter. How cold was it? Some of the cameras literally froze. Luckily for the cast and crew, a woman named Vaughn Mele would allow them to warm up in her house. Grateful for her kindness, Maureen O'Hara treated her and her husband to dinner at the famed restaurant 21.
  13. Sam Goldwyn hated the initial rushes of The Bishop's Wife (1947) so much that he fired the original director (William A. Seiter), hired Henry Koster, scrapped the original script, and ordered all sets to be altered at an estimated cost between $700,000 and $900,000.
  14. In the original version of The Bishop's Wife (1947), Cary Grant was to play the bishop while David Niven played the angel.
    After William A. Seiter was replaced with Henry Koster, Koster looked over what had already been shot and realized that Grant and Niven were cast in the wrong roles. It took some convincing but eventually the two switched roles and a Christmas class was born.
  15. The inn set used in White Christmas (1954) is the remodeled inn set from 1942's Holiday inn, which also starred Bing Crosby.
  16. Bob Fosse was the uncredited choreographer for 1954's White Christmas.
  17. Carl Switzer, better known as Alfalfa in the classic "Our Gang" shorts, appears in both It's a Wonderful Life (1947) and White Christmas (1954).
    He plays Mary's suitor who opens the gym floor in It's a Wonderful Life while in White Christmas, he appears in the photo that Vera-Ellen shows Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye of her brother "Bennie".
  18. According to Rosemary Clooney, Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye's performance of "Sisters" wasn't in the original script.
    They had been goofing around on set but director Michael Curtiz found it so funny that he added it to the film.
  19. With the exception of Charlie-in-the-Box, none of the other Misfit Toys in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964) have a proper name.
  20. The young Rudolph puppet used in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer is only 4" tall while Santa is 8".
  21. Copies of both the Rudolph puppet and the Santa puppet were recently found in the attic of a woman who once worked for Rankin and Bass
    Rankin and Bass were responsible for producing Rudolph, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, etc.
  22. Rudolph was created in 1939 by Montgomery Ward employee Robert May as part of an advertising campaign for the company.
  23. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) was the first animated Peanuts special.
  24. Production on A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) ended just ten days before it premiered.
  25. CBS executives were horrified the first time they saw A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965) due to its blatant message, the fact that it featured no canned laughter, and the feeling that Vince Guaraldi's jazz score wouldn't be accepted by the viewing audience.
    To their surprise, though, the special earned rave reviews and caused the company to request more specials.
  26. Kathy Steinberg, who voiced Sally Brown, had gone fed all of her lines because she didn't know how to read yet.
    This explains the choppy delivery of the lines "All I want is whatI have coming to me. All I want is my fair share."
  27. In Santa Claus is Comin' to Town (1970), the king in Tanta Kringle's book, the doctor that treats the Burgermeister after he trips on the toy, and the father of the family who receives their gifts in their stockings are all the same puppet.
  28. Dr. Seuss was originally uninterested in animating How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) or any of his other books until Chuck Jones talked him into it.
    The two had worked together during to create the "Private Snafu" series of educational cartoons used by the Army during World War II.
  29. Dr. Seuss was initially against the idea of Boris Karloff in How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (1966) because he was afraid he would make it too scary.
  30. Ralphie's father is never named in A Christmas Story. Rather, he's always referred to and credited as "The Old Man".
    However, the shooting script reveals his name as Frank.
  31. Darren McGavin ad-libbed his character's rants while fighting with the furnace.
    Meanwhile, Ralphie's ramblings while beating up Scut Farkas were scripted word for word.
  32. Although he has the most screen time, Peter Billingsley only has about 93 lines of dialogue.
  33. There was a hidden suction tube used to safely create the illusion that Flick's tongue had stuck to the frozen flagpole.
  34. National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1988) was the final film role for Mae Questel, who began her career in 1930 as the voice of Betty Boop.
  35. Chevy Chases' description of his boss in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1988) was unscripted.
  36. Frank Capra's grandson, Frank Capra III, was the assistant director on National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.
  37. The picture of Buzz's girlfriend that Kevin finds in Home Alone (1990) was actually the art director's son, who had been dressed up as a girl because director Chris Columbus thought it would be too cruel to make fun of a girl like that.
  38. The ornaments that Marv steps on are actually made of candy.
  39. The wax and plastic snow used in Home Alone (1990) was given to the Lyric Opera House in Chicago after production wrapped.
  40. Joe Pesci deliberately avoided Macaulay Culkin while on set of Home Alone (1990) because he wanted him to think he was mean.
  41. Both Tom Hanks and Robin Williams were considered for the role of Scott Calvin/Santa Clause in The Santa Clause (1994) before Tim Allen was cast.
  42. The scene were the fake Santa chases Buddy in Elf (2003) had to be done in one take because it would have been too difficult to rebuild the set.
  43. The cotton balls that Buddy eats at the doctor's office are actually un-dyed Cotton Candy.
    In fact, Will Ferrell actually had headaches while shooting due to having to eat all the foods that appeared on the elf food pyramid.
  44. The elf costumes used in Elf (2003) are based off of the elves' costumes in Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1964).
  45. To date, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Miracle on 34th Street, and The Bishop's Wife (1947) are the only Christmas themed films to receive Academy Award nominations.