A Christmas Story (1972) - full transcript

A young boys pet dog and a mouse embark on an adventure to deliver his letter to Santa on Christmas eve.

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[theme music]

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[bells jingling]

♪ Sleigh bells ring
to say it's Christmas ♪

♪ Children sing
the song of Christmas ♪

♪ Santa brings
the joy of Christmas ♪

♪ All on Christmas day ♪

♪ The sound
of toy trains going ♪

♪ Chug-a chug-a
down the track ♪

♪ Around then coming back ♪

♪ A chug-a chug-a jumping jack ♪



♪ The sound of ma dolls ♪

♪ Say mama ma mama and ♪

♪ A tootie tootie horn ♪

[horn toots]

♪ And a drum
that goes bang bang ♪

♪ Oohs and ahs we hear
on Christmas ♪

♪ Squeals and yells
we cheer on Christmas ♪

♪ Children bring
the joy of Christmas ♪

♪ Songs on Christmas day ♪

♪ The happy songs
you hear on Christmas day ♪♪

♪ O come ♪

♪ All ye faithful ♪

♪ Joyful and triumphant ♪

♪ O come ye
O come ye ♪



♪ To Bethlehem ♪

♪ Come and behold Him ♪

♪ Born the king of angels ♪

♪ O come, let us ado-- ♪

Alright Timmy.
It's off to bed with you.

Now remember, you have to be
asleep when Santa arrives.

But, mom, dad promised
to read me a Christmas story.

Heh-heh,
That's right. I did.

Well, alright.

But just a short one.

(Dad)
'And I have just the one.'

Come on, son,
hop up on my lap.

[panting]

Sorry, Goober.

There is not enough room
for you too.

What's the name
of the story, dad?

It's called,
"A visit from St. Nicholas."

Oh, I like that one,
I think.

[dad clears throat]

"'Twas the night
before Christmas

"and all through the house

'"not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.'

'"Stockings were hung
by the chimney with care'

'in hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there."'

Stockings! I knew
I forgot something.

screech

I forgot to hang out
my Christmas stocking.

Now, where did I put it?

Aah! Here it is.

Hey, Goober, Goober.

I forgot to hang out
my Christmas stocking.

Quick, give me a lift.

Shhh!

Not so loud, Gumdrop.

"He spoke not a word but went
straight to his work

'"And filled
all the stockings'

'"and turned with a jerk.'

'"And laying his finger
aside of his nose'

'"And giving a nod'

'"up the chimney he rose.'

'"He sprang to his sleigh'

'"to his team gave a whistle'

'"And away they all flew'

'"like the down of a thistle.'

"But I heard him exclaim
as he drove out of sight.

"Merry Christmas to all

and to all a good night."

Shh!

[yawning]

I sure hope Santa Claus
answers my letter, dad.

I'm sure he will, Timmy.

I sure hope so.

Well, Goober,
we better be asleep too

before Santa gets here.

[yawning]

Well, it won't take me long
to get asleep.

[snoring]

Hmm-hmm, boy,
he wasn't kiddin'.

This is gonna be
a wonderful Christmas.

Santa's coming..

...the Christmas tree is lit,
the stockings are hung

and there's Timmy's letter
on the floor..

'Timmy's letter!'

Oh, my gosh, it must have
fallen off the table

and never gotten mailed.

Timmy will be heartbroken.

Goober, wake up!
Wake up.

- It's Timmy's letter.
- Quiet, Gumdrop

screech

Go-o-ber-r!

Goober, Goober, Goober.

Duh!
Wha-wha-what's goin' on?

Uh, is it Christmas already?

Merry Christmas.

No, it's not Christmas yet.
It's Timmy's letter.

'It never got mailed.'

Oh! That's no problem.

We can mail it
in the morning.

[snoring]

The morning will be too late.

Santa's already
on his way tonight.

And if he doesn't
get this letter

Timmy will be heartbroken.

In fact..

...he might stop believing
in Santa Claus.

- That would be terrible.
- A catastrophe.

Oh, yeah, but what can we do,
Gumdrop?

We gotta find Santa

and deliver Timmy's letter
before it's too late.

Yeah, we gotta find Santa.

[instrumental music]

Hurry up, Goober.
We haven't much time.

(Goober)
'Coming.'

Whoops!

Look out, Goober!

thud

Whoa! Whoa!

Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa.

[whoosh]

[thud]

[creaking]

Ha ha ha,
it's slippery.

Thanks for telling me.

Come on,
let's go find Santa.

Yeah, let's go find Santa.

But where do we look?

- Where do we look?
- 'Yeah.'

Where do we look
to find Santa?

♪ Where do we look for Santa? ♪

♪ Here's the mail ♪

♪ That has failed
to go through ♪

♪ I can't blame Santa Claus ♪

♪ It's not his fault ♪

♪ Because the letter
wasn't mailed ♪

♪ When it was due ♪

[bells jingling]

♪ Where do you look
for Santa? ♪

♪ When he's out on his round
on Christmas Eve ♪

♪ He'll deliver all his toys ♪

♪ To the all the girls
and boys ♪

But when he gets to Timmy,
he won't know what to leave.

♪ Where do you look
for Santa? ♪

♪ Here's the list that
he missed on Christmas Eve ♪

♪ And with all this
kind of luck ♪

♪ Bet you Santa
could get stuck ♪

♪ In the chimney
right next door ♪

(Gumdrop)
'Would you believe?'

[instrumental music]

I don't see him anywhere.

But we gotta keep looking,
Goob.

We gotta find Santa.

♪ Where do you look for Santa? ♪

♪ With a note Timmy wrote
just for you ♪

♪ We can hear
the sleigh bells jingle ♪

[bells jingling]

But I don't see
ol' Kris Kringle.

♪ Here's a letter that's
addressed to you ho ho ♪

♪ A special letter Santa ♪

♪ Just for you ♪♪

[dramatic music]

[bell ringing]

Well, well, well,
what do we have here?

It looks like a mouse
to me, Sleazer.

Yeah, a plump little mouse.

[chuckles]

H-h-hi fellows.

M-m-merry Christmas.

It will be, right, old cat?

He-he-he, yeah.

''Cause you're just in time
to join us for dinner.'

Di-di-di-dinner?

Uh, uh, no thanks.

I haven't any time.

I-I gotta find
Santa Claus.

Did you hear that, fat cat?

He's gotta find Santa Claus.

Ho-ho-ho, will I do?

♪ Jingle bells jingle bells ♪

♪ Jingle all the way ♪

[all laughing]

Well, uh..

...see you later, fellas.

Enjoy your dinner.

You are not going anywheres.

'Cause you're our dinner.

I was afraid of that.

Um, sorry, but I got
a letter to deliver.

Get him.

There he goes.

[screeching]

- I got him.
- I got him.

[bam]

[instrumental music]

[laughs evilly]

[creaking]

[thud]

[screeching]

[screeching]

Goober!

Gumdrop!

Uh-oh.

Goober to the rescue.

[whoosh]

[crashes]

Goober, speak to me.
Say something.

- Are you alright?
- I guess so.

Except for the bells ringing
in my head.

[tapping]

I still hear them.

That's funny,
so do I.

[upbeat music]

No wonder. Look!

(Goober)
'It's Santa Claus!'

Now, Dasher, now, Dancer

on, Donner and Blitzen.

[laughs]

He's headed
for the orphanage.

Have you got
Timmy's letter?

Timmy's letter, oh-ho.
Oh, my gosh.

- Uh, where did I put it?
- In your hat.

Yeah, my hat, uh.
Where did I put my hat?

- On your head.
- On my head. Yeah. Phew.

Here it is.

Good. Let's hurry.
We can't lose him now.

(Goober)
'There's Santa
on the roof, Gumdrop.'

[screeches]

Quick, give me a boost.

[Santa laughing]

Look, it's Santa Claus.

(girl)
'Oh, he's been here.'

(boy)
'Let's see what he brought?'

We missed him, Gumdrop.

Wow! Look at that.

Isn't Christmas wonderful?

Yeah, but it won't be for Timmy
unless we can catch Santa.

Santa's been here.

And here too.

Let's look in that house.

(Gumdrop)
'Too late again.'

I don't think
we'll ever catch him.

If we wanna catch Santa,
we gotta think like Santa.

Now, where would he go next?

Where there's lots of kids.

Say!

The Anderson's have
lots of kids.

Yeah, that's right.

Well, all we have to do
is get there first.

[instrumental music]

There's the Anderson's house.

Faster, Goober, faster.

You were right, Gumdrop.
Santa hasn't been here yet.

Now, all we have to do

is find a way
to get on the roof.

Uh, how about that ladder?

(Gumdrop)
'Perfect.'

How you doin', Goob?

Uh-huh, I'm scared.

I've never been up so high.

Oh, you'll be okay.
Just don't look down.

Whoa, whoa, whoa. Whoa!

Whoa! Oh-oh-oh!

Oh, boy, we made it.

Yeah, and just in time.

I think I hear
Santa coming.

Quick, Goob,
give me Timmy's letter.

Here, Gumdrop.

[wind gusting]

Oh, no, the wind.

'I'll get it.'

Whoa! Ooh ooh

Ooh! Whoa!

Whoa-oh-oh! Whoa!

[ladder creaks]

Goober, where're you going?

To get Timmy's letter.

Uh-oh! Oh! Oh! Oh.

[grunting]

[crashes]

Got it.

[engine revving]

[horn blaring]

(male #1)
'Hey!'

'What's a pup like you doing
out so late on Christmas eve?'

Probably got locked out
of the house, huh?

Come on. We'll keep you
nice and warm in the mail truck.

I'll just deliver these
special delivery packages

then we'll find out
where you live.

Oh, no! Goober's locked
in the mail truck.

[Santa laughing]

(Gumdrop)
'And here comes Santa.'

Oh, I gotta get
Goober out. And fast.

Gumdrop, I'm locked in.

I know.

And Santa's
on the Anderson's roof.

You gotta get out.
Try openin' the door.

Yeah, the door.

[rattling]

[engine starts]

[engine revving]

That's funny, we're moving.

You must have bumped
the brake.

[both screaming]

Turn to the left, Goober.
Turn to the left.

Left? Uh, uh,
which way is left?

Oh, no!

[crashes]

That's doin' it
the hard way, Goob.

But at least you're out.

Yeah, but now
we lost Santa again.

We'll never get
Timmy's letter to him.

And it's all my fault.

[sniffles]

Oh, cheer up, Goob.

There's still time
to find Santa Claus.

- It's no use.
- But we can't lose hope.

No one should ever
lose hope

especially on Christmas Eve.

Why, to the person with hope,
the whole world

'is a great, big
Christmas tree.'

Hope is lookin' at a frown

like a smile
that's upside down.

♪ Hope is waking ♪

♪ Christmas time ♪

♪ Knowing Santa's ♪

♪ Been and gone ♪

♪ Hope can be ♪

♪ A wish come true ♪

♪ May be filled ♪

♪ Your stocking too ♪

♪ Hope is knowing
what will be ♪

♪ Underneath
your Christmas tree ♪

♪ Hope is when
your laughter rings ♪

♪ Hope is sharing things ♪

♪ Hope brings cheer ♪

♪ And Santa's
sleigh bells ringing ♪

♪ Hope can hear ♪

♪ The voice of angels singing ♪

♪ Hope is like
a dream you make ♪

♪ It's a dream
when you're awake ♪

♪ Everyone needs hope because ♪

♪ Hope believes

♪ In Santa Claus ♪

That's right.
You gotta have hope.

And we will help.

Well, why didn't I think
of that before.

We'll use the animal relay
to find Santa.

Yeah, if anyone can find
Santa in a hurry

it's a whole town
full of animals.

Okay, Goob,
send out the call.

(Gumdrop)
'Where is Santa?'

[Goober howling]

- What's all that howling?
- It sounds like Goober.

But what's he saying?

[howling continues]

He says, "Pass the word.
Everyone look for Santa."

Come on,
let's pass the word.

[both barking]

[animals screeching]

[thud]

Look for Santa.

(Gumdrop)
'I wonder which one he is?'

♪ There's a Santa on the roof
of the house next door ♪

♪ There's a Santa in the window
of the new toy store ♪

♪ There's another one
at Gimball's ♪

♪ On the second floor ♪

♪ Which one is
the real Santa Claus? ♪

♪ There's a Santa
with a tummy ♪

♪ But it looks too flat ♪

♪ And another with a pillow ♪

♪ Only he's too fat ♪

♪ There's a Santa
with his whiskers ♪

♪ That are tied on to his hat ♪

♪ Which one is
the real Santa Claus? ♪

Which one?

♪ This one ♪

♪ He's the tallest Santa Claus
I ever saw ♪

♪ Just feel ♪

♪ He's real ♪

(Gumdrop)
'Here's another with a belly'

'that is stuffed with straw.'

♪ I have seen
so many Santas ♪

♪ Either short or tall ♪

♪ And about that many more
I can't describe them all ♪

♪ But just to play it safe ♪

♪ I'm gonna choose them all ♪

♪ 'Cause one is
the real Santa Claus ♪♪

[instrumental music]

♪ Here's one ♪

♪ He's fun ♪

♪ He's the fattest Santa
that I've seen around ♪

♪ How sad ♪

♪ Too bad ♪

♪ Santa's stuck inside
the chimney ♪

♪ And he is upside down ♪

My goodness!

♪ I have so many Santas
either short or tall ♪

♪ And about that many more
I can't describe them all ♪

♪ But just to play it safe ♪

♪ I'm gonna choose them all ♪

♪ 'Cause one is
the real Santa Claus ♪

♪ Yes one has got to be ♪

♪ The really real to me ♪

♪ Santa Claus ♪♪

He just gotta be
the really real Santa.

[bells jingling]

- There's Santa.
- 'There he is!'

(Goober)
'That's him.'

- Look, they found Santa.
- Let's go.

- There he is.
- We'll make it this time.

Special delivery,
air mail.

(Gumdrop)
'Look at it go.'

Yeah, and when Santa
gets back to his sleigh

he'll find the letter
in his bag.

(Goober)
'We did it.'

'We saved Christmas
for Timmy.'

Oh no!

[bells jingling]

[Santa laughing]

How could we have failed?

We came so close.

But it doesn't matter
any more.

[instrumental music]

Timmy will never get
what he wanted for Christmas.

Poor Timmy.

Goober,
you gotta stay awake.

Maybe Santa
will still come

and we can give him
the letter.

You gotta stay...aw-awake.

'You gotta..'

[bells jingling]

[both snoring]

Mom, dad!
Santa Claus came.

Huh!

Oh, look at all
the wonderful presents.

There's some
for mom and dad.

And you too, Goober.

(Gumdrop)
'And there is even
something for me.'

I-I don't get it.

Look! Someone opened
Timmy's letter.

Ha-ha, I guess
we didn't fail.

Santa found it after all.

Oh, boy,
everything I asked for.

Even this real
special model plane.

Mom, dad, did you ask
for anything special?

You might say we asked
for something special, son.

Yes, that's right.

We asked for peace on Earth.

Mom! Dad! Look!

Santa Claus wants
the same thing.

(Santa)
'Merry Christmas!'

[Santa laughing]

[instrumental music]

[bells jingling]

♪ Sleigh bells ring
to say it's Christmas ♪

♪ Children sing
the song of Christmas ♪

♪ Santa brings
the joy of Christmas ♪

♪ All on Christmas day ♪

♪ The sound
of toy trains going ♪

♪ Chug-a chug-a
down the track ♪

♪ Around then coming back ♪

♪ Ah chug-a chug-a
jumping jack ♪

♪ The sound of ma dolls ♪

♪ Say mama ma mama and ♪

♪ A tootie tootie horn ♪

[horn tooting]

♪ And a drum
that goes bang bang ♪

♪ Oohs and ahs we hear
on Christmas ♪

♪ Squeals and yells
we cheer on Christmas ♪

♪ Children bring
the joy of Christmas ♪

♪ Songs on Christmas day ♪

♪ The happy songs you hear ♪

♪ On Christmas day ♪♪

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