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COOL TRIVIA ABOUT NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION

COOL TRIVIA ABOUT NATIONAL LAMPOON’S   CHRISTMAS VACATION

If the Griswold’s neighbor’s house looks familiar that’s because it’s   the house Murtaugh lived in throughout the Lethal  Weapon movies. Yes, the Griswolds and the Murtaughs  all resided on the Warner Brothers Studios lot. The  old TV show Bewitched was also filmed on the same                    block.
  The Dodge pickup truck  that tailgates and provokes Clark and his family  during the movie’s opening scenes was also used by  Kurt Russel in Overboard.
  This is the only National Lampoon’s Vacation movie not to feature   Lindsay Buckingham’s “Holiday Road.” Presumably  because there is no road trip. Instead we got the  song “Christmas Vacation” performed by Mavis  Staples.
  Cousin Eddie’s   characteristics were based off a childhood  acquaintance of Randy Quaid’s. Quaid developed many  of Eddie’s mannerisms (such as the clicking of his   tongue during the meal) from someone he knew while  growing up in Texas.
  Christmas Vacation is  the only one of the Vacation movies to get its own  sequel with Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s  Island Adventure. (Cousin Eddie is sent on   vacation in the South Pacific after being bitten by  a lab monkey. The only appearance of a Griswold in   the film is Audrey from the first Vacation movie in 1983.
  A minor earthquake  occurred while filming the arrival scene of Uncle   Louis and Aunt Bethany. Supposedly, you can see the  camera shake a little in the shot with the couple  entering the Griswold home.
  One of the most iconic  Christmas movies ever, It’s A Wonderful Life, has  several tie-ins with Christmas Vacation. First off,  Frank Capra III was the assistant director on  Christmas Vacation and is the grandson of Frank  Capra, who directed It’s A Wonderful Life in 1946. There’s also Clark taking a chainsaw to the wobbly  newel post. This was an homage to the broken newel  post at the Baily house in It’s A Wonderful Life.   And finally, Russ is seen watching the Jimmy Stewart                    classic on TV when the grandparents arrive.
  Studio execs were   weary about keeping the cat electrocution scene out of fear of offending animal lovers. It wasn’t until  test audiences ranked the cat electrocution scene as  their favorite part in the movie that it was deemed  worthy of keeping.