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Christmas Story, A - Glass or Plastic?
While Ralphy father is working downstairs in the basement and Ralphy is eating, Ralphy Mother goes to water the plants. All of a sudden you hear a glass breaking noise and the Father runs up and asks Ralphy what it was. When the Father goes to check it out, the lamp in the shape of a leg had been broken but as the Father was holding it, you could clearly see that the lamp was made out of plastic. I guess they couldn't make a loud enough noise of plastic breaking for the father to hear it from down stairs.
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gpstalker writes:
I wonder if it might be the glass bulb breaking. I don't remember if it was still there after the breaking glass sound.
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lasher242 writes:
This movie is one of my familys fav. We all laugh every time the lamp breaks. True the sound is glass breaking, and the lamp is clearly plastic. If you watch Ralphs dad glues the lamp back together...When it breaks in his hand the sound you hear is the true sound of PLASTIC...heehee This is still a classic flick that makes us remember the simple times of life.
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freak writes:
Yes, the sound effect is glass, and the lamp is plastic. But I don't think it qualifies as a slip-up. But it was a functional choice by the director. In order for the bit to work, the father had to hear it from the basement. A glass lamp would be too dangerous to work with on set, even with fake or sugar glass. Sometimes the mechanics of the play/film require such choices. In this case, the director probably felt that the value of the bit was more important than the glass/plastic issue.
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Anita writes:
How would a glass lamp be too dangerous to work with on set? Some movies have "stunt" people to do the dangerous things. The fact that it took place in the 1940's, I think it would have made more sense for the lamp to be made out of glass instead of plastic, considering items were made of higher quality back then than they are today.
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