Top 5 Obscure Facts about National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation



In the midst of the many yearly rituals we embark on to get ready for December 25th, watching National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation has become an annual custom for millions of holiday merrymakers.  Some can recount Christmas Vacation from start to finish; while others have just been trying to commit to memory Clark’s climactic outburst for 26 years now.  Whether you’re a die-hard Griswold fan or just somewhat entertained by them, here are 5 obscure facts to think about the next time you watch National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

It just wouldn’t be Christmas without Randy Quaid’s Cousin Eddie proclaiming, “Merry Christmas…sh*tter was full,” now would it?

1.  clark Griswold GREW UP IN SAMANTHA STEVENS’ HOUSE

If Clark’s childhood home featured in old movies he watched while trapped in the attic look familiar, that’s because it’s the same house used on Bewitched as well as The New Gidget. Except it’s not a house at all; it’s part of the Warner Bros. back lot, located on what is known as Blondie Street. The rest of the Griswolds’ neighborhood is on a studio back lot as well. Also, if the home of their snooty neighbors, Todd and Margo, looks familiar, that’s because it’s where Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) and his family lived in Lethal Weapon.

2.  COUSIN EDDIE IS BASED ON A REAL person

Actor Randy Quaid copied many of Cousin Eddie’s mannerisms from a guy he knew growing up in Texas, most notably his tendency toward tongue-clicking. But Eddie’s sweater/Dickie combo? That was an idea from Quaid’s wife.

3.  AUNT BETHANY IS BETTY BOOP

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation marked the last film of Mae Questel, who began her career as the voice of Betty Boop in 1931. She passed away at the age of 89 in January of 1998.

4.  ELLEN GRISWOLD LIEd TO THE COPS

Ellen Griswold apologizes to Mrs. Shirley—the wife of Clark’s boss and Eddie’s kidnapping victim—assuring her that “This is our family's first kidnapping,” when, in fact, it is their second.  In the first Vacation film, the Griswolds force Lasky, the security guard at Wally World, played by the late John Candy, to open the park for them.

5. national lampoon's christmas vacation is the second film to feature this dodge pickup truck

Recognize the old, baby blue Dodge pickup that tailgates Clark and the family on the way to the tree farm in the opening scenes of the movie?  It is the same truck driven by Kurt Russell in the movie Overboard.

Honorable Mention - RANDY QUAID IS THE THIRD COUSIN OF GENE AUTRY

This may just sound like a fun, random fact. But at the end of the film, when the police raid the Griswold home, the version of “Here Comes Santa Claus” being used was sung by Gene Autry.