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Christmas Story, A - Non Existent Items
The kids are in school and class is about to start when one of the children hands out a bunch of fake teeth. The teacher comes in and when she sees all the kids wearing the fake teeth she confiscates them and puts them in her special desk drawer with all of her other contraband that she has collected. These items include a set of wind up plastic chattering teeth and a pair of joke glasses with eyeballs mounted on springs... Neither of which existed in the late 40's early 50's when the movie was set. Charlie
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Tearlach on 02-01-2001
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TxTiff writes:
It had to be the early 40's. Ralphie's favorite radio program was "Little Orphan Annie" which ended in 1943.
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lover writes:
Pretty sure that the movie takes place in the early 1940s. "The Wizard of Oz" figures prominently in the movie's Santa scene, and Oz came out in 1939. The characters from Oz were promoting their just-opened movie at the Christmas parade and the store's Santa display. My vote is for if I could just find my copy of "In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash", I might be able to prove it.
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freak writes:
CCD, Why does the decoder pin show signs of wear? Because it was made in 1940, and the film came out in 1983. In the film business, a properties master will often "rent" antique and rare items. It is too much time and money to try to make a replica, and time is often more important than money here. The decoder pin was an original, and they probably rented or borrowed it from a shop or private person, so polishing it up was probably not in the cards. The director probably felt that authenticity was more important in this case.
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CCD writes:
In the scene where Ralphie has just gotten his brand new decoder pin and has begun to decipher the secret message, a brief close-up shows a year engraved on the pin. If my memory serves me correctly, the year shown on the pin is 1940. Since the pin is supposed to be brand new, that would put the setting of the movie in 1940. An aside: The pin is supposed to be brand new (Ralphie just got it in the mail that day), but in the same scene mentioned above, the pin shows definite signs of wear on the plating! Why would the plating be worn away if the pin was brand new? Perhaps this is a separate slip-up!
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Samantha_123 writes:
The Best Novelty Company is located on Broadway, across from the bus depot. When it first opened in 1926, they ran an ad in the San Diego Times offering to sell sets of the newly invented "Chattering Teeth" for only a dime. As far as the eyeballs they stemmed from the slinky and the slinky was created in 1945. So that part of the slip up is correct.
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norman writes:
Actually, it takes place in the early 40's. 1940 to be exact.
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thecaptain writes:
From looking at many many Orphan Annie decoder rings over the years on the internet and on E-Bay, Ralphie's was definately the 1940 model. He decoded the secret message on the same day it came in the mail. The prop is an original item, having the distinction of appearing in a 1983 movie. It does appear a bit used. From what I've read on other internet sites, the producers went to great lenghts to find vintage toys for the movie, (Actor Ian Petrella, AKA "Randy", still owns the Zeppelin toy) and according to my mother who was 26 in 1940, the movie's time period is dead on. Also, the Wizard of Oz segments add to the theme of 1940. It works for me.
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nacpro writes:
Are you a toy historian? How do you know these items didn't exist then?
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Boudicca13 writes:
Actually, I believe the movie took place after WWII, so the original poster of this slip-up would be correct in saying that the movie took place during the late 40's, early 50's. We know that it's before the television, or at least before Ralphie's family owned a television; yet my father, who was born in 1950, recognizes a lot of the stuff in the movie (he claims that he was exactly like Ralphie when he was that age - scary...). I could be wrong, but I don't think it could take place as early as 1940.
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