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Chevy Chase Thinks ‘It’s the Silliest Thing’ When People Compare ‘Christmas Vacation’ To ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

There’s no denying National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation is a popular holiday movie. It’s not uncommon for fans of the 1989 comedy to watch it multiple times during the month of December. 

Chevy Chase in a scene from 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation'
Chevy Chase in a scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation | Warner Brothers/Getty Images

For some, it’s a time-honored family tradition to watch the Griswolds endure Christmas with their relatives. In fact, the movie’s become so popular in the decades following its release there are now Christmas Vacation inspired ornaments and t-shirts.

The movie might be one of the most beloved holiday movies but its star, Chevy Chase, insists it’s not on the same level as It’s a Wonderful Life

‘Christmas Vacation’ has a connection to ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’

Frank Capra III, the grandson of It’s a Wonderful Life director Frank Capra, served as the second assistant director on Christmas Vacation

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Watch Christmas Vacation and see clips from It’s a Wonderful Life. Rusty Griswold, played by a 14-year-old Johnny Galecki in his pre-Big Bang Theory days, sits on the couch watching the 1946 film.

It’s a brief moment of calm just before the doorbell rings and Ellen (Beverly D’Angelo) and Clark’s (Chase) parents show up. 

Chevy Chase says ‘Christmas Vacation’ isn’t comparable to the Christmas classic

Chase reunited with some of his Christmas Vacation co-stars including D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis (Audrey Griswold), and Galecki as well as others, to provide an oral history of the film in 2014.

They talked about the legacy of Christmas Vacation and how it rivals other holiday movies. But Chase is adamant that it doesn’t stand a chance against It’s a Wonderful Life. He told Rolling Stone he doesn’t get it when people compare Christmas Vacation to Capra’s Oscar-nominated film. 

“Comparing Christmas Vacation to It’s A Wonderful Life is the silliest thing,” he said. “That film starred the greatest movie actor of all time and the idea that our movie could ever be connected in some fashion to something so brilliant and beautiful always made feel like, ‘That’s all they had to write about?’”

Donna Reed, James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in 'It's a Wonderful Life'
Donna Reed, James Stewart and Karolyn Grimes in It’s a Wonderful Life | CBS via Getty Images

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Chase continued, saying he appreciates the comparison but says there’s no competing with It’s a Wonderful Life

“It’s very flattering and I suppose Christmas Vacation is a modern look at Christmas. But James Stewart, my God! What a movie,” he said. “I could talk about that one all day.”

Watch ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ on Amazon Prime Video

Whether or not fans of Christmas Vacation agree with Chase’s assessment, they can stream It’s a Wonderful Life on Amazon Prime Video for free with a subscription. Unfortunately, Christmas Vacation isn’t streaming so fans will have to rent the film or rely on a DVD to witness the Griswold family during the holiday season.

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Broken finger to fake snow, Chevy Chase dishes on ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

Spoiler alert — all that snow isn’t real.

From Clark Griswold to Cousin Eddie, babies recreate scenes from ‘Christmas Vacation’



Chevy Chase says of all the questions he gets about the now-classic holiday comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” surprisingly the white powdery surroundings top the list.

“The answer, of course, is no. I hate to say it, but the very first thing we shot was the tree, that was snow and we did get Randy (Quaid) and me on a hill that was in Colorado and I did have to go down this damn trail they built for me. It was scary, but it was fun,” he recalls.

a man wearing a hat: Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation."

Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) goes all out for the holiday in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.”

 “But that was the first couple of days. The rest of the time we just made it look like snow around the house and stuff.”

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What was real about the movie?

The legendary actor’s reactions in the infamous Christmas lights scene, where Chase’s character Clark Griswold gets so frustrated he resorts to hitting the decorations around him. 

The problem is he whacked one character — “that wasn’t in the script, but I was so angry I did it” — so hard it broke his finger.

“Oh boy did that hurt,” he said. “I thought it might melt or something, but no, it was a good, hard plastic.”

“I just went on with the scene,” he said. 


“These things happen. You have to be strong.” 

Chevy Chase wearing a suit and tie: Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015.

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Chevy Chase attends the SNL 40th Anniversary Special at Rockefeller Plaza, in New York in Feb. 15, 2015.

Chase and Beverly D’Angelo (Ellen Griswold) are hosting an online salute to “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on Saturday, Nov. 28. Tickets, $25, are available through New Jersey Performing Arts Center. The pair will share behind-the-scenes stories and memories, as well as take part in a live audience question-and-answer session.

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Chase says he’s looking forward to the trip down memory lane even though it will be held virtually this year, enjoying in-person events every holiday season.

“When I’m on stage there with the audience, it’s usually about 3,000 people or whatever, and I’m loving it because it’s very rare that a guy that makes movies or TV shows ever gets to see his audience,” he said.

He says he even enjoys the “wise guys” who shout remarks from the seats.

“I can take anything and I can give it back better,” he said. 

Chase says he never expected the 1989 film to attain the holiday tradition status that it has.

“One always hopes,” he said. “I never come away from something like, ‘we’ve got a hit,’ but I always give it my best shot and I can think of moments that are in the movie that people are going to think

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The director of ‘Home Alone’ says he walked off ‘Christmas Vacation’ because he ‘couldn’t make the movie with Chevy Chase’

Chevy Chase et al. sitting at a table: "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation." National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation/Warner Bros.

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“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation/Warner Bros.

  • Chris Columbus told Insider what led him to him directing “Home Alone.”
  • The director was hired to helm “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” but didn’t get along with its star Chevy Chase.
  • That opened the door for him to make another Christmas classic, “Home Alone.”
  • “The rest is history,” Columbus said.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

By the 1990s, Chris Columbus had already made a name for himself in Hollywood thanks to penning scripts for classics such as “Gremlins” and “The Goonies.” But switching to directing films was a challenge.

After his debut, the impressive “Adventures in Babysitting” in 1987, Columbus directed the flop “Heartbreak Hotel” a year later. His next movie — “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” — would be a make-or-break moment for Columbus. 

Still, that turned out to be a mistake.

The comedy franchise, led by its star Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, the family man driven to give his kids amazing vacations only to fail hilariously, was set up to do a holiday movie in which the Griswolds host Christmas.

Producer John Hughes, best known for classics “The Breakfast Club,” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,” brought on Columbus to direct. But even before cameras could roll Columbus came to the realization that he could not work with Chase.

“It was fraught with pain and tension with Chevy Chase, but I needed the job desperately,” Columbus told Insider.

Chase had a reputation for being difficult to work with. In fact, it had gone all the way back to when he was one of the original cast members of “Saturday Night Live.” 

Chris Columbus wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Chris Columbus. Slaven Vlasic/Getty

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Chris Columbus. Slaven Vlasic/Getty

Despite needing the work, the director decided to exit the project and eventually Jeremiah S. Chechik took the coveted gig.

“At the time I was living with my wife’s parents,” Columbus admitted. “It took everything in my power to convince myself to resign from ‘Christmas Vacation’ because I couldn’t make the movie with Chevy Chase.” 

But two weeks after leaving “Christmas Vacation,” Columbus got a call from Hughes.

“He sends me two scripts and I thankfully chose ‘Home Alone,'” Columbus recalled. “The rest is history.”

Columbus still doesn’t know why Hughes came back to him after he bailed on the producer’s other movie. Looking back, Columbus thinks maybe Hughes was impressed by his bold decision to leave a movie with a built in audience as “Christmas Vacation” would go on to be one of the most popular titles in the franchise. 

a close up of a child wearing a hat: "Home Alone." Fox

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“Home Alone.” Fox

Still, Columbus was grateful for the second chance.

“A producer can lose faith in their director if he says, ‘I can’t handle this guy,'” Columbus said. “That can show fear, but John didn’t waver.”

And the result was huge for both men, but especially for Columbus.

“[Late actor] Paul Newman once told me making a living in this business is a combination of luck and talent and I really

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Chase Airline and Hotel Cards Offering Up to 5x Points on Amazon and Groceries

If you have a Chase airline or hotel credit card, it’s time to check your bonus offers.

Chase has been adding limited-time bonuses to its credit cards all year. Now, it’s boosting rewards on Amazon and grocery purchases — just in time for the holidays. You could qualify for up to 5 points per $1 on those purchases if you have one of Chase’s co-branded airline or hotel credit cards.

These are targeted offers, so activation is required and some cardholders may not be eligible. To make sure you maximize your rewards this holiday season, here’s a list of eligible Chase cards and what you need to do to activate your Chase bonus offers.

Chase Amazon and grocery bonuses

Chase’s new Amazon and grocery bonuses will last from Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020. You must activate by 11:59 p.m. ET on Dec. 31, 2020 to receive your bonus points. Once it’s activated, the bonus rate will apply to eligible purchases made during the offer period.

Exact offers vary depending on which Chase card you have. You’ll find the current Chase credit cards eligible for these bonuses below. But you may also be entitled if you hold certain discontinued Chase cards that are no longer taking new applications.

Chase’s airline cards can earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon and grocery purchases, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month. Eligible cards include:

The following Chase hotel cards are eligible to earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon purchases and 3 points per $1 on groceries, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month:

The Marriott Bonvoy Boundless™ Credit Card from Chase is eligible to earn 5 points per $1 on Amazon and grocery purchases, up to a maximum of $1,500 in combined purchases per month, and 10 points per $1 on up to $3,500 in purchases at participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels.

How to activate your Chase bonuses

Visit the Chase My Bonus page to see if you’re eligible and activate the offers. Just fill out the form with your last name, the last four digits of your Chase credit card number, and your ZIP code, and then click “Activate Now.”

The site will let you know if you qualify for a bonus offer. If you do, the offer will also be activated.

Keep in mind that you need to do this for each Chase card that you have. Let’s say you have a United credit card and a World of Hyatt credit card with Chase. You would need to fill out the form twice, once with the last four digits of the United card and once with the last four of the World of Hyatt card.

A fantastic holiday bonus offer

This latest bonus from Chase gives you an opportunity to earn much more back when shopping for gifts on Amazon and stocking up on groceries for those festive holiday meals. If one of your credit cards might qualify, use the Chase My

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Can I Have Both the Chase Sapphire Preferred and Reserve Credit Cards?

Chase Sapphire cards are popular among travelers who are looking for lucrative rewards programs — so popular, in fact, that many Chase enthusiasts look into adding more than one Sapphire card to their wallets.

Known for high welcome bonuses and easy tools for redeeming rewards at 25% or 50% more value (when eligible), both the Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card and Chase Sapphire Reserve® Card stand out as some of the top travel cards, and certainly favorites among Chase credit cards in particular.

But unfortunately, it’s not always possible to sign up for both. Chase has strict eligibility requirements on who can open a new Chase travel card, be it the Sapphire Preferred or the Reserve. Most of the time, cardholders can’t have both at once; they have to choose one or the other.

There is one exception, which we dive into below. Here’s what you need to know about who can open a Chase Sapphire credit card — plus some alternatives you may want to check out.

Chase Sapphire Preferred®

Chase Sapphire Preferred®

On Chase’s secure site

  • Rewards

    5X points on Lyft rides through March 2022, 2X points on travel and dining worldwide, 1X points on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    80,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening — worth up to $1,000 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

  • Annual fee

  • Intro APR

  • Regular APR

    15.99% to 22.99% variable on purchases and balance transfers

  • Balance transfer fee

    Either $5 or 5% of the amount of each transfer, whichever is greater

  • Foreign transaction fee

  • Credit needed

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

Chase Sapphire Reserve®

On Chase’s secure site

  • Rewards

    10X points on Lyft rides through March 2022, 3X points on travel worldwide (immediately after earning your $300 annual travel credit), 3X points on dining at restaurants worldwide, 1X point per $1 on all other purchases

  • Welcome bonus

    50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening — worth up to $750 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®

  • Annual fee

  • Intro APR

  • Regular APR

    16.99% to 23.99% variable

  • Balance transfer fee

  • Foreign transaction fee

  • Credit needed

Who can open a Chase Sapphire card?

Chase doesn’t allow you to be the primary account holder on both the Sapphire Preferred and Reserve cards. So if you already have one Sapphire card, you can’t apply for the other. 

This eligibility rule is listed in the terms for Sapphire cards:

The product is not available to either (i) current cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card, or (ii) previous cardmembers of any Sapphire credit card who received a new cardmember bonus within the last 48 months. If you are an existing Sapphire customer and would like this product, please call the number on the back of your card to see if you are eligible for a product change. You will not receive the new cardmember bonus if you change products.

Normally, this is no big deal. When you signed up for

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