Halloween is Passed. Thanksgiving is close, I’m Ready for “A Christmas Story.”

I’m planning my Christmas schedule. Anybody know when A Christmas Story marathon will be on the TeeVee? TVGuide says not in the next fourteen days. This can’t be right, can it? As much as I used to grumble about seeing It’s a Wonderful Life on every channel, I miss it now that it’s gone. If you want to read a convoluted tale of how copyright laws work, It’s a Wonderful Life is a great example.

The copyright protection expired so any network could show it, but they still had to pay royalties. Then the Supreme Court said it was a derivative work of work that was still copyrighted. So it was protected. NBC had the rights, then Paramount bought ancillary rights, Lions Gate has home video rights, but only in Latin America and France. Consequently, It’s a Wonderful Life is gone forever never to be seen again in the U.S. (slight exaggeration)

Thus A Christmas Story has replaced It’s a Wonderful Life in my Must See TeeVee for Christmas.

Now you’re thinking, “buy the DVD, dud.”

All of the fun of A Christmas Story the serendipity of flipping through channels and hitting the movie mid stream and picking up the dialogue as if I watched the movie from the opening credits. Rather than being able to fast forward to the “good parts” watching on the TeeVee requires sitting through the magnificent comedy set ups.

  • Would you watch the writing down of the secret message for the decoder ring?
  • Would you watch them sing “Jingle Bells”, in the car, with pfbbt at the end? Only to have the perfect family moment erased when the lugnuts go flying?
  • Would you watch the Bumpuses dogs steal the turkey leading to a rousing Fa Ra Ra Ra Raaaa, Ra Ra Ra Ra…

Here’s a couple didja knows:

  • that the Old Man’s award was modeled after the logo for Nehi pop?
  • the author of the original story was the narrator for the movie? Jean Shepard.
  • The Old Man’s first name was never used in the movie?

(all this is in Wikipedia)

I guess A Christmas Story will just show up on my Tivo Guide and I will be as happy as a kid with Red Ryder!

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Halloween is Passed. Thanksgiving is close, I’m Ready for “A Christmas Story.” — 7 Comments

  1. I love “A Christmas Story” too. I know just what you mean about the serendipity of coming across it rather than having the DVD (although we do have the DVD and will probably watch it at some point). It’s the same as hearing one of your favorite songs on the radio – sure, you could dig out the CD and play it, but it isn’t the same, there’s no delighted surprise!

  2. Wow, I had no idea about any of that about the television rights. My family has a trio movie tradition come Christmas. In no particular order: A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, A Midnight Clear. The latter is not your typical Christmas flick, a little morbid for the holidays but really good. I have to watch them on DVD though. I can’t stand commercials. I was told television at first had no advertising b/c people paid for it, but now we pay for it AND get advertising, a LOT of advertising.

    Oh well, Merry Happy HalloweengivingMas everyone. Don’t lick any frozen poles, say fudge to your father, or shoot your eye out!

  3. The “A Christmas Story” Marathon on TBS begins on Christmas Eve (not sure of the time, but in past years it began at 8:00 p.m. ET) and runs through Christmas Day until evening.

    Last year, TNT also ran the movie over Thanksgiving weekend, but this year will run it back-to-back on Wednesday, Dec. 3 beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.

    NBC will air “It’s A Wonderful Life” on Saturday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET and again on Christmas Eve at 8:00 p.m.

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