What do you remember about Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol?



By: J. Reinoehl

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol was originally played every Christmas. After the 1970s, television stations stopped airing it regularly. How well do you remember Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol? Find out by taking this quiz.

At the beginning of the show, during the credits, what did the street signs say?

Broadway and 42nd Street in New York was the location of the original New York Times Building and one corner of Times Square. Many people gather there on New Year's Eve to watch the annual ball drop. From the 1960s until the 1990s this area was not only home to many theaters, but also was filled with crime and a seedy darker side. At one point, more than one murder or rape and almost ten lesser crimes were being committed every day, until it was revitalized in the 1990s.


How long had the crew been waiting for Mr. Magoo?

"Magoo where have you been? … See here, Magoo, do you realize we have been holding the curtain for half an hour?"


Mr. Magoo mistook what for the side door entrance to the theater?

Mr. Quincy Magoo was kinder than the character of Scrooge at the time they created the special. The producers wanted to help make the transition for audiences by placing the character in a Broadway musical. That allowed them to see the Mr. Magoo they had known before he took on the Scrooge persona.


What was the only reason Scrooge said he liked the season?

"One thing to be said for the season, people feel obligated to pay their debts. Wouldn't old Jacob Marley have been proud?"


In which year did Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol first air?

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol first aired December 18, 1962. It was the first Christmas cartoon special made for television. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (the second animated holiday special ever made) did not appear until 1964.


How long had Marley been dead?

"Scrooge and Marley's, I believe. Have I the pleasure of addressing Mr. Scrooge or Mr. Marley?" "Mr. Marley has been dead these seven years."


Who provided the voice for Mr. Magoo (and by extension, Ebenezer Scrooge)?

Jim Backus voiced Magoo from his first beginnings in the animated short, titled The Ragtime Bear (1949), until 1977. Aside from Mr. Magoo, he is also known for his role as Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island.


Why did Scrooge yell at Cratchit in the middle of "Ringle, Ringle"?

"Cratchit, you've had your coal for the day, and there will be no more!" Magoo is portraying the character of Scrooge at this point.


Finish the quote: "Merry Christmas—out upon 'Merry Christmas!' If I could work my will, every fool who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be ____________."

"Merry Christmas—out upon 'Merry Christmas!' If I could work my will, every fool who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding and buried with a stake of holly through his heart." That's quite a quote.


What did Scrooge do when the knocker turns into his partner's face?

Mr. Magoo was notorious for not only his nearsightedness but also his unwillingness to admit the problem. When he saw the knocker change into Marley's head, he simply thought his eyes were playing tricks on him and wiped the knocker with his handkerchief.


What did Scrooge eat for dinner when he got home from work?

"Perhaps I do need spectacles. No! No! No! This miserable gruel, that's no doubt the cause."


What did Scrooge see when he was told to look out the window?

Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol was remarkably faithful to Charles Dicken's story. In both, when Scrooge looked out the window, he saw other spirits roaming in chains.


What time did Marley say the first ghost would visit Scrooge?

"You must expect the visits of three more ghosts. Expect the first tonight when the bell tolls one."


How did the ghost of Marley leave?

Marley flew out the window and joined the other ghosts after speaking with Scrooge. The voice of Marley was provided by character actor Royal Dano, who had several appearances on old Westerns, such as Bonanza and Rawhide. He also provided the voice of Abraham Lincoln in the Disneyland attraction, Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln.


Finish the quote: "So I've heard. You’re the one who's too tight with a penny to buy himself ___________."

"So I've heard. You’re the one who's too tight with a penny to buy himself a pair of spectacles." Spectacles is another word for glasses - this is a nod to Mr. Magoo, as opposed to Scrooge.


Who wrote the music for the special?

Styne (1905 – 1994) and Merrill (1921- 1998) went on to collaborate on the musical Funny Girl. Rumors say the hit song People was initially intended for Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, then later transferred to Funny Girl, but at least one biographer, Theodore Taylor, disputes this. Styne and Merrill were nominated for a Tony for Best Original Score Written for Theatre for Funny Girl.


How did the Spirit of Christmas Present teleport Scrooge?

"Touch my robe. Have you visited this dwelling before?"


What did Cratchit's children want for Christmas dinner?

"We haven't had a hen since I can't tell you when. We'd love a hen again … or razzleberry dressing."


Morey Amsterdam provided the voice for which characters?

Morey Amsterdam (December 14, 1908 - October 28, 1996) is best known for his portrayal of Buddy Sorrell on the Dick Van Dyke Show, which ran from 1961-1966. In Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, he provided the voices of Brady and James, who were in the group discussing Scrooge's death when the Ghost of Christmas Future showed him things to come.


What did Cratchit tell the children they could have for Christmas?

"We'll have the Lord's bright blessing and knowing we're together… heart in hand. We'll have the whitest Christmas, the very brightest Christmas, a Christmas far more glorious than grand."


What did the Ghost of Christmas Past carry in its hand?

The Ghost of Christmas Past carried a holly branch in its hand. Joan Gardner (1926-1992) provided the voice of the Ghost of Christmas Past and went on to provide voices for characters in The Famous Adventures of Mr. Magoo, Santa Claus Is Coming to Town, and many other animated productions, including the Snorks.


What did young Scrooge draw on the school blackboard?

The boy Scrooge of the past drew a picture of his family and his hand on the blackboard. During this moment, Scrooge sang a duet with his younger self about being Alone in the World.


Why did Fezzywig want Scrooge and his friend to stop work?

Fezzywig was throwing a Christmas party in his shop. He needed Scrooge and Dick to stop working so they could move things out of the way for dancing.


What was the name of Scrooge's friend when he worked for Fezzywig?

"Oh, Dick Wilkens to be sure, bless me. He was very much attached to me, was Dick."


What was the name of the woman Scrooge loved?

"Belle, Belle, don't - don't leave. Spirit, Spirit, show me no more."


Which was the last ghost to visit Scrooge?

In most versions of A Christmas Carol, including the book, the ghosts arrive in the order Past, Present, and Future. In Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, the Ghost of Christmas Present is first, followed by Past, and ending with Future.


What is one thing the thieves did not steal from Scrooge upon his death?

"Well, the charwoman, the laundress, and the undertaker. What poor stiff have you robbed now … Bedcurtains, eh? You don't mean to say you took 'em down rings and all with him lying there?" …" I got his boots and cuff buttons." "All I got was his sheets."


During the song by the thieves, what did the undertaker keep throwing in the air?

During "We're Despicable," the four thieves talked about how evil they were and stole from each other. The undertaker not only attacked the laundress for her meager contribution, but also tossed white flowers in the air and dumped his tea into the saucer before drinking it. Originally, saucers were used to cool tea this way.


What was the first thing Scrooge said hello to on Christmas morning, when he realized he was alive?

As in the book and other renditions of A Christmas Carol, Scrooge rushed to the window to share his joy with whomever was present. However, since Scrooge was being played by the blind Mr. Magoo, he first greeted a horse, then a snowman.


Where did Bob Cratchit live?

"Ooh, that is a turkey—quite impossible to carry that to Camden Town. My boy, you must have a cab!"


What was hanging on the Cratchits' door?

The meager pine sprig was first seen on the door when the Ghost of Christmas Present took Scrooge to see the Cratchits. There was one continuity error during that scene, when the ghost opened the door for Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim but no one seemed to care, even though the ghost and Scrooge were invisible.


What did Scrooge bring to Cratchit's house?

In the book, Scrooge did not reveal his transformation to Cratchit until he returned to work on the day after Christmas. However, in the movie, Scrooge showed up on Christmas day at the Cratchits' house and provided everyone with a bag of coins as well as announcing Cratchit's raise.


Who brought the Cratchits a Christmas tree?

While Scrooge was at the Cratchits' house, he sang the modified version of "Ringle, Ringle," with lyrics about giving away his money instead of keeping it. The two charity collectors brought in the Christmas tree during this song.


What did Mr. Magoo accidentally do at the very end of the play?

"Will you listen to that applause? Ah, Magoo, you've done it again! By George, I've brought down the house."


Who provided the voice for Belle?

Jean Kean (April 10, 1923-November 26, 2013) was known for lending her voice to Belle in Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol and also for her role as Trixie Norton in the Honeymooners. She began on Broadway, with her sister Betty, in the musical Ankles Away (1955).


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