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The Great Frames
Movie IQ Test
Mr. Edwards was the
only entrant who got all the answers correct. He'll receive an
autographed first edition of Frames.
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are provided below.)
were the four great motion picture directors united during
the filming of Sunset Boulevard (1950)?
2. What do these films all have in common: Yojimbo
(1961), A Fistful of Dollars (1964), and Last Man Standing
3. Name the only other film (besides Sunset Boulevard)
in which Gloria Swanson and Erich von Stroheim were associated
and the year in which any of its footage was first shown
to the public.
4. Of the three films named in Question #2, which is most
faithful to its literary source? How so?
5. What role do Clark Gable and Mickey Rooney have in
6. Name the original source material of Erich von Stroheim's
7. Richard Greene appeared as Sir Henry Baskerville opposite
Basil Rathbone's Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles
(1939). What other colorful character connects the two actors?
8. Identify the only actor menaced by all three of Universal
Studio's great monsters: Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), the Frankenstein
monster (Boris Karloff), and the Wolf Man (Lon Chaney, Jr.).
9. What do these three very different actors have in common,
apart from their line of work: Humphrey Bogart, Brooke Shields,
10. Which actor in the Gunsmoke TV series shared
the screen with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello?
Billy Wilder (he directed), Erich von Stroheim (he played the
butler), Cecil B. De Mille (he played himself), and Buster Keaton
(he had a non-speaking role--fittingly--as a member of Norma
Desmond's "human waxworks" bridge group.
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2. All three films were inspired by Red Harvest
by Dashiell Hammett. A Fistful of Dollars and Last
Man Standing are both remakes of Yojimbo, which was
the first film of the three to be made.
3. Queen Kelly (1928), directed by von Stroheim,
starring Swanson. It was never completed. Although it was released
on a limited run in Europe in 1929, it was not seen publicly
in America until it appeared in Norma Desmond's screening room
in Sunset Boulevard; thus it shared Sunset's 1950
4. Last Man Standing is the only one of the three
set in the same era as Dashiell Hammett's novel Red Harvest,
which Akira Kurosawa adapted and transformed from an American
gangster tale into a Japanese samurai film.
5. In Manhattan Melodrama (1934)--noted also as
the last film John Dillinger saw before he was gunned down outside
the theater--Rooney played Blackie as a boy, Gable as the man
he grew up to be.
6. McTeague, Frank Norris's novel set in San Francisco
around the turn of the twentieth century.
7. Robin Hood. Rathbone opposed him as Sir Guy of Gisborne,
with Errol Flynn as Robin, in The Adventures of Robin Hood
(1938); in the 1950s, Greene starred as Robin in the TV series
The Adventures of Robin Hood.
8. Dwight Frye. As Renfield he served, then was slain
by Dracula in Dracula (1931); as Fritz, he was strangled by the
monster in Frankenstein (1931); as Rudi, he took part
in the pursuit of the Wolf Man with his fellow Bavarian villagers
in Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943).
9. There are two correct answers: (1) All three starred
in films titled Sahara (Bogart 1943, Shields 1984, McConaughey
2005). The films are otherwise unrelated. (2) All three actors
were former models.
10. There are two correct answers: (1) Glenn Strange,
who played the monster in Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein
(1948) and Sam, the bartender at the Long Branch, in Gunsmoke
from 1962 until his death in 1974; and (2) Milburn Stone, who
appeared with Abbott and Costello in Buck Privates Come Home
before his long-running stand as Doc in Gunsmoke.
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