London, England - "Boy is that 25 lb bird still at the butchers shop?"
"You mean the one as big as me?"
"Yes, bigger than you!.. Wonderful lad, charming fellow. Take these coins and go and buy it this instant, then take a taxi to 2 Porter Street and deliver it."
Today at the former location of Nettlefold Studios, where the 1951 movie, "Scrooge", was made, Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England, UK,a shocking announcement was made by the Sim family. The family of the late actor and arguably the most famous Scrooge, Allistair Sim announced that the turkey that Mr Sim spoke of in the film was taken from the set that day and frozen. Presumably this was done so it could be baked later and served to the cast after the production finished. But, that cast party never happened.
Now 60 years later the bird will be unfrozen, cooked and eaten by surviving members of the 1951 Scrooge movie cast, including George Cole, who played the young Ebenezier Scrooge; Rona Anderson who played Alice; C. Kornarski who played the ominous Spirit of Christmas Yet to Come; Richard Pearson who played Mr. Tupper; Patrick Macnee who played the young Mr. Jacob Marley.
"Allistair always use to kid about that turkey still being in a freezer at the back of one of the old prop buildings at the studio," said his younger 10th cousin Courtney Martin, "Then so much time passed, we just never thought to look and see if it was still there. The studio closed in 1961, the same year that Spoofer Jeanlefete was born by the way. But that building was always sealed and even after it sold, nobody was allowed to enter it."
"What we didn't know is that Allistair still owned that one building and he was the inventor of one of the first cryogenic freezers. He put that 25lb turkey in there on the last day of the film and that is where it has been every since, 60 years. This will be the oldest turkey ever eaten."
"I'm thinkin' I may just skip to the pumpkin pie," said Patric Macnee, "I'm not much older than the bird, but even if the cryogenic freezer preserved it, I don't know how it couldn't have "aged" a might."
"I think this is just his way of getting a final gag or joke in on us," said C. Kornarski, still wearing his Ghost of Christmas Future mask, "He was alway setting up a joke on someone, this is the best one yet!"