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bigE

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Posted - 12/25/2004 :  14:24:26  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
What year is it supposed to be in the movie? 40s-50s?

redriderleglamps

USA
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Posted - 12/25/2004 :  15:33:48  Show Profile  Visit redriderleglamps's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Thats about the right time frame. The Little Orphan Annie decoder pin Ralphie received was the 1940 model. The years after 1940 they were made of paper because of World War II medal shortages. I also believe the license plate on the car say 1939 or 1940.

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bigE

2 Posts

Posted - 12/25/2004 :  23:22:15  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks! I was wondering cause there is really no reference in the film verbally. The film is a good one, it spans the ages of what kids hope for at Christmas.
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diamonded

USA
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Posted - 02/08/2005 :  20:30:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's interesting that Shep moved the story to 1939-40 (the Wizard of Oz characters that run around the department store are another clue) since he himself was graduating from high school at that time. A closer fit to his own age would have placed the story in about 1932-33, when the Depression was much worse and getting any Christmas present, much less a BB gun was a tough deal.

The original story from In God We Trust was set in about 1939 as well, as it mentions that Snow White was very popular which would place it after 1937.

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lukpac

USA
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Posted - 12/27/2005 :  19:18:33  Show Profile  Visit lukpac's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jumping in a bit late, but yes, it would have had to have been 1939 or 1940. Oz was released in '39, and there's no mention of the war ('41). A friend of ours took great interest in the issue (who has sadly passed), but I'm not sure if she ever nailed down specifically which year it was.
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melindadillonishot

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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  09:11:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I noticed on the back of the Little Orphan Annie decoder it says 1940.
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ralfsmith

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Posted - 03/01/2006 :  13:18:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh its very interesting. Could you provide me more information ?

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nlpnt

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Posted - 10/28/2006 :  20:42:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The police car that responds to the stuck tongue is a 1947 or '48 Chevy.
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Slash024

USA
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Posted - 11/02/2006 :  16:25:44  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
it is supposed to take place in the 1940s but i'm not sure of the exact year. i think it may be around 1943.

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sandyohio

USA
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Posted - 11/24/2006 :  09:13:06  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The year has to be 38-39, no later. With Wizard of Oz being promoted, it wouldn't be any earlier or later than that. Any other "clues", ie license plates, could be written off as bloopers.
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YukonEd

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Posted - 11/25/2006 :  09:32:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
On the DVD commentary Bob Clark says it's 1940 pre war America. Since that's what he says I go by that. He says in the book the stories take place in the 1930's but it was harder to recreate the 30's than the 40's look.
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melindadillonishot

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Posted - 12/11/2006 :  13:13:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
seriously it says 1940 on the back of the decoder
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bburgwatcher

USA
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Posted - 12/26/2006 :  15:04:02  Show Profile  Visit bburgwatcher's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The whole show smacks of the 40's time era, with the cars, radio shows and dress and all. From the beginning I always tried to figure the year out myself and I also tried to imagine the lay out of the house, room by room.
I noticed a date on the decoder ring, while Ralphie was decoding the secret message. I am sure it said 1942.

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melindadillonishot

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Posted - 12/27/2006 :  23:25:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1940
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isettajohn

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2006 :  09:35:13  Show Profile  Send isettajohn an AOL message  Reply with Quote
I've gone thru this on other forums before but the "movie" takes place in 1940 and no other year. The Wizard of Oz puts the movie no earlier than 1939 and Ovaltine ended sponsoring the Annie radio show by 1941 so 1940 is the only year possible for the "movie" to take place.
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Slash024

USA
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Posted - 12/28/2006 :  12:51:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
it was filmed in 1983 and most def. supposed to take place in 1940.

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pepher

Canada
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Posted - 03/19/2007 :  08:14:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"They traded Bullfrog". My research is crude but it would appear that Bill "Bullfrog" Dietrich (if this is who they are referring to) played for Chicago from 1936-1946. If he was released in 1946 and signed with Phili before the 1947 season, that would place the movie era in winter 1946.

Perhaps we're all over analyzing this? He he...
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Chriswilly

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 03/19/2007 :  14:15:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
late 40's, northern Indiana

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violann

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Posted - 11/28/2007 :  18:41:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The music played during the breakfast in which Ralphie announces his desire for a Red Ryder is "The HutSut Song", which became available as sheet music in 1941. However, there are NO references to WW2 anywhere in the movie, and the aforementioned references to The Wizard of Oz and Snow White would suggest 1939 or 1940. Because of the slower pace of that era, it is not impossible that the setting could have been post-war.
I've never felt an urgent need to date the film exactly. The cozy familiarity is present in every frame, and that suits us Boomers just fine. No need to be picky.
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Gramma50

USA
29 Posts

Posted - 11/28/2007 :  22:23:51  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another Boomer here. I did notice as someone else did that the date on Ralphie's Decoder Pin was 1940.

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tenpins77

USA
1 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2008 :  13:43:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone ever notice that when their at Higbees, and you here santa talking, you here him saying the same thing, that he is about to say, " i think hes asking billy, if hes been a good boy!...

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oldschoolpaulie

USA
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Posted - 12/15/2008 :  13:44:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1940

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sleepyhollow77

USA
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Posted - 12/15/2008 :  13:59:16  Show Profile  Send sleepyhollow77 an AOL message  Reply with Quote
Shepherd said the film is set in 1940 and it is usually agreed that the action takes place in 1939 (Wizard of Oz characters) or 1940 (there is no reference to Pearl Harbor or WWII). But in Jan. 1940 Ovaltine dropped the "Little Orphan Annie" radio show and switched to "Captain Midnight." In Dec. 1940 Quaker Puffed Wheat was "Annie"'s sponsor. The announcer, Pierre Andre, also left "Annie" in Jan. 1940 because audiences identified him with Ovaltine, and he too went to "Captain Midnight." These facts would only fit the action of a film set in 1939
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oldschoolpaulie

USA
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Posted - 12/16/2008 :  13:44:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Radio Orphan Annie decoder pin that Ralphie receives is the 1940 "Speedomatic" model, indicating that the movie takes place in December, 1940. Different decoder badges were made each year from 1935-1940. By 1941, the decoders were made of paper.

There are obviously anomalies in the film.

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travelour

USA
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Posted - 12/19/2008 :  01:10:19  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1940, huh? Anyone notice the school is integrated?
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oldschoolpaulie

USA
21 Posts

Posted - 12/19/2008 :  12:11:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yup. No one said the film isn't without its anomalies. Notice Mrs. Parker's hair style?

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ilikethetinman

USA
129 Posts

Posted - 09/21/2010 :  14:16:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
one day I'm going to post the definitive answer..well...as definitive as can be expected based on actual evidence in the movie...I've been holding on to this information for years! I only let it out to my 'secret circle' but I do believe it's getting to the point where I let the whole world know :}
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liljac1949

437 Posts

Posted - 09/23/2010 :  11:56:10  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
You can't hold back on your christmas forum, people!!!!!tell us......
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ilikethetinman

USA
129 Posts

Posted - 09/27/2010 :  02:35:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll post the answer early this week...
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liljac1949

437 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2010 :  12:52:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OK what is the answer to what year the movie takes place, its already the end of the week, I triple dog dare you>>>>>>>>>>>>
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decodence

109 Posts

Posted - 10/01/2010 :  15:45:55  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
[i]Originally posted by liljac1949[/i]
[br]OK what is the answer to what year the movie takes place, its already the end of the week, I triple dog dare you>>>>>>>>>>>>



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liljac1949

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Posted - 10/02/2010 :  19:04:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
CAN'T DO NEXT WEEK ON A TRIPLE DOG DARE!!!!!!!!!!!
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decodence

109 Posts

Posted - 10/04/2010 :  15:37:08  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
If you take the later references which obviously weren't researched well enough to be accurate on a movie of this budget, its most likely Christmas of 1939 (they put out the 1940 decoders early maybe).
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liljac1949

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Posted - 10/06/2010 :  11:17:18  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
1939 1940 whats the difference we get the idea, its the whole time period that was so simple, those days are gone..........
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decodence

109 Posts

Posted - 10/07/2010 :  12:58:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'll go with 1939 even though Shepherd said 1940
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