‘A Christmas Story’ at 35: How the Comedy Found Its Place in Holiday History

  • Variety
‘A Christmas Story’ at 35: How the Comedy Found Its Place in Holiday History
Hugh Hefner was a huge fan of the holiday classic “A Christmas Story” — so huge that he actually had a replica of the movie’s famed leg lamp in the dining room of the Playboy mansion year-round, and he would screen it at his movie night at the estate during the yuletide season.

“I think one of the reasons he liked this one is because it’s set in 1940, so it was set during the days of his youth,” said Jeremy Arnold, author of the new book “Turner Classic Movies: Christmas in the Movies,” who first saw the comedy at Hefner’s home in 2002.

The film’s star, Peter Billingsley, found himself talking about the movie with the Playboy founder at a screening. “He said, ‘We’ve seen your movie here frequently and we’re big fans.’ He was very warm and very, very welcoming.”

Hefner was far from the
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