Catching Up With The Kids Of A Christmas Story


At an autograph show, I recently met Scott Schwartz, who played the kid whose tongue got stuck to the pole in 1983’s A Christmas Story and who now owns a memorabilia store.

I asked him if filming that scene was at all tedious, and he replied, “No, but it was cold. The film was underdeveloped, so we had to shoot it again a second day.”

And this was way before Dumb and Dumber, right? “They ripped us off!” said Scott, correctly.

I also asked him how it feels to be in one of the top Christmas movies of all time. “It comes in at #1 a lot,” he said. “Sometimes they say It’s a Wonderful Life, but that’s not really a Christmas movie–only at the end.” Point taken. Sorry, Jimmy.

The next week, I happened to meet A Christmas Story‘s main star, Peter Billingsley–these things always happen in twos–who is a producer of the Broadway musical version, and who works a lot in various media.

Billingsley told me that director Bob Clark was a familial type who helped guide him on screen and in life.

Wait, the guy who did Porky’s?

“My first day on the set,” related Billingsley, “he showed me Porky’s 2 and I thought, ‘What have I gotten myself into?’ “

But it worked out…