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.
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.
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.
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?'
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".
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.
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 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".
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".
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!".
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
When Frank tells the ghost of Lew Hayward, "You're a legend in this business", Hayward replies, "Mankind should have been my business!" This line is spoken by Jacob Marley (the character Hayward is based on) in Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol".
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 whiskey color but franks is clear with the eyeball in it showing its different drinks.