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(1988)

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When the Ghost Of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) grabbed Bill Murray's lip she tore it so badly that filming was halted for several days.
Jack McGee ad-libbed his line "You can hardly see them nipples."
All of Bill Murray's actor brothers - John Murray, Joel Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray - make appearances in this film.
Bill Murray and director Richard Donner reportedly did not enjoy working together creating a lot of tension on set. When asked by film critic Roger Ebert if he had any disagreements with Donner, Murray replied: "Only a few. Every single minute of the day. That could have been a really, really great movie. The script was so good. There's maybe one take in the final cut movie that is mine. We made it so fast, it was like doing a movie live. He kept telling me to do things louder, louder, louder. I think he was deaf."
When Frank (Bill Murray) throws water on the waiter he sees burning, he says, "I'm sorry. You know I thought you were Richard Pryor." This is a reference to an event in Pryor's life when, high on cocaine, the comedian accidentally caught himself on fire and ran down a busy street in LA.
When The Ghost of Christmas Present first appears in the movie, she says to Frank Cross, "I'm a little muddled." This is a direct quote from Glinda the Good Witch in The Wizard of Oz (1939) when she first meets Dorothy in Munchkinland.
Carol Kane would get upset at having to "rough up" Bill Murray in their scenes together.
Sam Kinison was originally slated to play the part of The Ghost of Christmas Past. The part eventually went to David Johansen due to his friendship with Bill Murray.
The leader of the street carolers insulted by Bill Murray is Paul Shaffer. The others are Miles Davis, David Sanborn and Larry Carlton.
The trivia game played by Frank's brother is "what's the name of the boat on Gilligan's Island (1964)?" Director Richard Donner was one of the original directors on the show. Uh, no. The "game" was Trivial Pursuit! The question was, something like, 'What's the name of the boat that brought them all to the island?'
Playing the Scroogettes were the Solid Gold Dancers whose American TV show had been canceled by the time the picture debuted stateside.
On the "Frisbee" show (when Frank is in the dog suit), there is a tree on the set with a heart engraving and "Dick Loves Lauren". Director Richard Donner is married to producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
At the end of the movie, when everybody is singing "Put a little love in your heart", Frank (Bill Murray) says (among many other things): "Feed me, Seymour!" This is a reference to Little Shop of Horrors (1986), in which Murray has a small part.
One of the special appearances in "Scrooged" was that of legendary actor, John Houseman. Sadly, he died on October 31, 1988, less than one month before "Scrooged" was released in theaters on November 23rd.
The character name Calvin Cooley is a reference to President Calvin Coolidge who was known as a man of few words.
The Ghost of Christmas Past's cab belongs to the Belle Cab Company. Belle is the name of Scrooge's first love in the Dickens novel the story is loosely taken from.
Charles Dickens' 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol" is only ever referred to under the title of "Scrooge" in this movie but in the closing credits it is named under its main and original title of "A Christmas Carol".
Four copies of Pablo Picasso's 1942 painting "Woman with an Artichoke" were made for a scene that was never shot. Three were given to crew members: director Richard Donner, production designer J. Michael Riva and original cinematographer Conrad L. Hall. Mel Gibson somehow got the fourth.
According to Wikipedia, "although the DVD had been available for some time, Paramount decided upon a special edition release titled the 'Yule Love It! Edition'. Announced for October 31, 2006, it was recalled for unknown reasons".
The film takes place in December 1988, December 1955, December 1968, December 1969, December 1973, the 1990s, the 2000s and December 2010.
During the restaurant scene, a closeup of Frank's wristwatch shows the date is November 23 even though it is supposed to be Christmas Eve. This date is significant, however, for being the film's theatrical release date in the US.
The movie was the second ghost picture comedy that star Bill Murray made. Wikipedia states, "the film was marketed with references to Ghostbusters (1984) which had been a great success four years earlier. In the USA, the tagline was, "Bill Murray is back among the ghosts, only this time, it's three against one".
Kathy Kinney (who played as Mimi on the Drew Carey show) plays the IBC nurse on the movie set, taking care of the censor after she is knocked out by a street light by one of the building crew.
The sling mounted GE M134 minigun used by Lee Majors in the beginning of the movie was the same stage prop used by Jesse Ventura in the movie Predator filmed the year before in 1987.
The 13th highest grossing film of 1988 at the American box-office stateside with a total of just over US $60 million.
In the scene where Claire knocks into "Lumpy" on the sidewalk, she hands him a magazine that he drops. On the back there appears to be a man in a leather jacket wearing an Indiana Jones-type hat. This may have been a nod/advert for Indiana Jones as actress Karen Allen appeared as "Marion" in "Raiders of the Lost Ark".
When Bill Murray crashes onto the stage after seeing frozen Herman, director Brice calls him joker, in reference to Bill Murray's consideration to be the villain in 1989's Batman.
First of two ghost movies that actress Alfre Woodard appeared in within about five years. The second picture was Heart and Souls (1993).
Keith Haring's "Free South Africa" poster is seen in a few background shots as it is in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), also directed by Richard Donner.
Michael Chapman replaced Conrad L. Hall as director of photography. Hall was the film's original cinematographer who was allegedly fired after about five days into filming.
The movie was cast with two veteran actors in small roles. They were Robert Mitchum and John Houseman.
Director Richard Donner directed this 1988 picture sandwiched between directing two "Lethal Weapon" movies, they being 1987's Lethal Weapon (1987) and 1989's Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).
The names of the Christmas television shows from the IBC Network of which clips were shown were "Scrooge", "Father Loves Beaver", "The Night the Reindeer Died" and "Bob Goulet's Old Fashioned Cajun Christmas". The network's promotional slogan for these TV shows was "Yule Love It!".
The movie, a spoof version and modernized adaptation of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, was made and released about 145 years after Dickens' source novella had been first published in 1843.
One of the final films of actress Anne Ramsey and the final film of both unit production manager and associate / executive producer Roger M. Rothstein and art department set construction coordinator Robert Scaife.
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The following received a 'Special Appearance' credit: Lee Majors, Mary Lou Retton, Jamie Farr, Robert Goulet, John Houseman, Buddy Hackett, Pat McCormick and Brian Doyle-Murray.
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The film is dedicated to Robert Scaife, Anne Ramsey and Roger M. Rothstein.
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Preston tells Frank that in America there are 27 million cats, 48 million dogs and then says quite seriously that IBC needs to start gearing programming towards them. As of 2015, there are several dog and cat specific channels on Roku that supply dedicated pet programming bassed on scientific studies of what interests them.
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There were five Christmas Ghosts in the movie. They were the following: The Ghost of Christmas Past (David Johansen), The Ghost of Christmas Present (Carol Kane) and The Ghost of Christmas Future (Robert Hammond, uncredited). The Christmas Ghosts on the TV Show "Scrooge" were The Ghost of Christmas Past (Pat McCormick) and The Ghost of Christmas Future (Chaz Conner).
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First of two consecutive "ghost" pictures in two consecutive years for star Bill Murray who would in the following 1989 year co-star in Ghostbusters II (1989). Murray had starred in Ghostbusters (1984) about four years earlier.
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The movie was filmed during December 1987 and January, February, March and April 1988.
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Maria Riva (Mrs. Rhinelander) is the mother of the production designer J. Michael Riva.
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The movie's "Scrooged" title is a spoof and play-on-words of the last name of the Ebenezer Scrooge character from Charles Dickens 1843 novella "A Christmas Carol" which suggested this modern adaptation parody . "Scrooge" has also been an aka title of that work.
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The studio cameras shown in the IBC studio during the broadcast special within the movie are RCA TK-44's, tube cameras that would have been at least 15 years old at the time the movie was made.
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In the scene where Frank has a meeting with Preston and Meets Bryce for the first time, Frank and Preston order a high ball but when it arrives Preston takes a drink of his and it's a whisky colour but franks is clear with the eyeball in it showing its different drinks.
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Cameo 

Miles Davis:  As a street musician.
Lee Majors:  As himself, in the TV show "The Night the Reindeer Died".
John Forsythe:  As Lew Hayward, the ghost of Frank (Bill Murray)' s former boss.
Paul Shaffer:  As a street musician.
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Brian Doyle-Murray:  As Earl Cross, Frank (Bill Murray)'s father.
Jamie Farr:  As himself / Jacob Marley.
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Mary Lou Retton:  As herself / Tiny Tim.
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Michael O'Donoghue:  One of the film's writers as a priest.
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Larry Carlton:  As a street musician.
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Buddy Hackett:  As himself / Ebenezer Scrooge in the TV show "Scrooge".
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David Sanborn:  As a street musician.
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Mitch Glazer:  One of the film's writers as a guest.
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John Houseman:  As himself, hosting the TV show "Scrooge".
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Steve Kahan:  Director Richard Donner's cousin plays a worker in the control room at the end of the film.
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Director Cameo 

Richard Donner:  a worker in the control room at the end of the film.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

Bill Murray says to Karen Allen, "There is a spot on a woman's body that will make her bark like a dog." Bill Murray also says the phrase, "Bark Like a Dog," in "CaddyShack", and "GroundHog Day".
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