TBS is in the midst of its annual 24-hour marathon of "A Christmas Story
," the 1983 movie about a young boy's (Peter Billingsley
) quest for a Bb gun that has become as much a part of the season as "It's a Wonderful Life."
But did you know that Jack Nicholson
was considered for the role of Ralphie's father? So says TBS, which says Nicholson was offered the role and he was interested. The movie's producers became concerned about what they might have to pay Nicholson, however, and went with Darren McGavin
Here are some other little- to well-known facts about "A Christmas Story
- Author Jean Shepherd
, who narrates the movie and whose book "In God We Trust
, All Others Pay Cash" is the basis for the film, also has a cameo. He's the annoyed man in the department store who tells Ralphie and Randy the line to see Santa starts back there.