10 Scrooged Facts to Make You Watch the Movie
Scrooged is loosely based on A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and tells the story of a big-shot TV executive who is forced to confront his past and future. If you love this timeless Christmas comedy, you should read 10 Scrooged facts to make you watch the movie.
1. The Lip Grab
Carol Kane (the Ghost of Christmas Present) gripped Bill Murray’s lip so tight that she injured him, and resulted in the halting of production for a few days.
2. Murray Brothers
All three of Bill Murray’s brothers appear in the movie. John Murray plays his onscreen brother, James, whilst Brian Doyle Murray plays his father. Joel Murray also gets his face in the movie as a party guest.
3. Belle Cab Co.
The Ghost of Christmas Past’s cab belongs to the Belle Cab Company, which is the first name of Ebeneezer Scrooge’s one and only love in the original of the Charles Dickens novel.
4. Little Shop of Horrors
At the end of the movie, during the song “Put a Little Love in Your Heart”, Frank (Bill Murray) shouts “feed me, Seymour”, which is a reference to his small role in Little Shop of Horrors (1986).
5. Street Carollers
The street carollers in Scrooged are made up of some pretty big musicians, such as Miles Davis, Larry Carlton and David Sanborn.
6. Glinda the Good Witch
The Ghost of Christmas Present says “I’m a little muddled” when she first meets Frank. This is a direct quote taken from Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) when she first meets Dorothy in Munchkinland.
Jack McGee (the carpenter) ad-libbed the line “you can hardly see them nipples”.
8. The Coin
In the final scene, when Frank tosses a coin out the window, the camera follows the coin as it falls in slow motion, which the people in the control room watch in slow motion; however, this is impossible as you cannot live broadcast a coin falling in slow motion.
9. Pablo Picasso
Four copies of Pablo Picasso’s 1942 painting Woman with an Artichoke were made for a scene in the movie that was never shot. Three of the works went to the director, production designer and original cinematographer, and the other weirdly went to Mel Gibson.
10. Calvin Cooley
Calvin Cooley, Grace’s son, didn’t say very much in Scrooged, causing his mother much concern. He was named Calvin Cooley after US President Calvin Coolidge, who was known as a man of few words.