Christmas Vacation and Pledge of Allegiance

Discussion in 'Movies' started by Nick Senger, Dec 9, 2003.

  1. Nick Senger

    Nick Senger Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    0
    I've not seen National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, and I have a question about it. My wife saw it for the first time on network TV a couple of days ago and she noticed something curious: there is one scene where someone (a grandmother I think) is asked to say a prayer, and she says the Pledge of Allegiance. What was curious is that my wife noticed that she did not say the words "under God."[​IMG]

    Does anyone know 1)If my wife heard correctly (she was wrapping presents at the time and may have been distracted); 2) If indeed the phrase was missing, was it edited out or originally filmed like that; and 3) If indeed the phrase was intentionally left out, why?

    I don't mean for this thread to turn into any kind of religious or political discussion. I am merely after facts about a movie I have not seen. I don't want this thread to be closed before I get any answers.

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

    Joined:
    Jun 30, 1997
    Messages:
    4,300
    Likes Received:
    40
    Since it's a grandmother saying it, it could be that she's reciting the pledge as she learned it. "Under god" was only inserted into the pledge in the 1950s during the McCarthy Red Scare. So if she learned the pledge as a kid in the 1920s or 1930s, say, she'd know it best without the insertion.

    But I haven't gone back to the disc to check to see whether this is the case; just offering a possible explanation.
     
  3. Bill Williams

    Bill Williams Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 28, 2003
    Messages:
    1,699
    Likes Received:
    0
    IIRC, wasn't the cast mumbling along during that scene? Of course, every time I remember seeing it, I can't help but burst out into laughter at her fuddy-duddiness and cousin Eddie's standing during grace. To me, the laughter from the moment drowns out anything else that's said in the scene. It's hard to watch it straight-faced, to be honest.
     
  4. Paul_Medenwaldt

    Paul_Medenwaldt Supporting Actor

    Joined:
    Feb 6, 2001
    Messages:
    649
    Likes Received:
    0
    We watched it on DVD the other nite and I believe the words "under god" are used. At the point of them saying that phrase the camera is on Clark's face and he is still trying to understand what is going on.

    Paul
     
  5. BrettB

    BrettB Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2001
    Messages:
    3,019
    Likes Received:
    0
    Not sure if aunt Bethany says "under God" but one or more of the characters do say it. It's kind of hard to tell who's saying what, as that's the point where everyone has finally joined in on the wackiness. "Under God" is also in the subtitles.
     
  6. Nick Senger

    Nick Senger Stunt Coordinator

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2002
    Messages:
    192
    Likes Received:
    0
    Thanks for the info!
     

Share This Page