Tuesday, December 25, 2012

When Ralphie Met Flash (Almost)

It might surprise you to learn that Red Ryder wasn’t the only comic strip character slated to appear in the 1983 holiday movie A Christmas Story. Little Ralphie Parker encountered space adventurer Flash Gordon (played by Paul Hubbard) and his archnemesis Ming the Merciless (played by Colin Fox) in a dream sequence involving the rescue of Santa Claus from the planet Mongo. The scene never made it into the final cut of the film, but the costumes and other items related to the sequence are now part of the A Christmas Story House & Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.

Image: Peter Billingsley and Paul Hubbard in the deleted Flash Gordon scene, MGM)

(Shout-out: io9)

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