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The shooting schedule for this film was two days and one night because Roger Corman had made a bet that he could make a movie in two days. Charles B. Griffith took a little more than that to write it.
Made in 2-1/2 days on a budget of $22,500.
When asked where Seymour got the plant, he replies that the seeds were obtained by a Japanese gardener who found the bulb in a "plantation next to a cranberry farm." This joke is lost on modern audiences. In 1959, it was announced that cranberry crops were tainted with traces of the herbicide aminotriazole, and as a result, cranberry sales plummeted.
A young Jack Nicholson has only a small part.as Farb's masochistic patient, Wilbur Force. Later, however, as the actor's career began to take off, he was prominently featured on the home-video releases to help generate interest in the film.
Charles B. Griffith stood off-screen providing the voice of Audrey Junior as a reference for the actors. The voice of the plant was supposed to be dubbed in by another actor in post-production, but Griffith's vocalization of the plant got laughs--and director Roger Corman was notoriously cheap--so his voice remained in the final print of the film.
Much of the comical dialog between Mel Welles and Dick Miller was ad-libbed.
Charles B. Griffith put several of his relatives in the film; Myrtle Vail--"Grandmother" Myrt --for example, is actually his grandmother, and the hobo who Dr. Farb tortures in his office is Griffith's father. He also placed several of his relatives in crowd scenes. The bums in the background of the street shots on Skid Row are real transients, however, and were filmed in the actual skid row area of Los Angeles.
The name of the character "Siddie Shiva" is a pun from the phrase "sitting Shiva", a Jewish funerary ritual, as well as a direct reference to her unlucky and constantly expiring relatives.
Although the film is legendary for having been shot in only two days, Jonathan Haze recalled in "The Little Shop of Horrors Book" that he was called back several weeks later for re-shoots.
Charles B. Griffith not only wrote most of the screenplay, he also stars--uncredited--as several characters, among them: the screaming dental patient who runs out of Dr. Farb's office, the burglar who breaks into the flower shop, and even the voice of Audrey Jr.
Roger Corman would shoot scenes with two cameras rolling at once while placed at different angles. He rarely shot re-takes and spent little time on lighting scenes.
Mr. Mushnik says that he is going to stay at the store overnight to take care of "that meshugganah plant." Meshugganah is a Yiddish word meaning "crazy."
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Was remade as a successful stage musical that was later adapted into a film (Little Shop of Horrors (1986)).
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The manager of Producer's Studio informed Roger Corman that a large office set had been constructed for a production that was about to wrap. Corman arranged to use the standing set, redressed, as the main set of this film.
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Dick Miller was originally offered the role of Seymour Krelboin but declined it in favor of the flower-eating Mr. Fouch instead.
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The film was originally released on a double feature with Mario Bava's Black Sunday (1960) and later on a double bill with Last Woman on Earth (1960).
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