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Quiz # 20

1. In which film did Frank Sinatra star and sing "High Hopes"?

  • Guys and Dolls (1955)
  • High Society (1956)
  • Pal Joey (1957)
  • A Hole in the Head (1959)

2. What was the first sign of impending trouble for the Freeling family in co-producer Steven Spielberg's Poltergeist (1982)?

  • Carol Anne's voice coming from within the TV
  • Death of Carol Anne's canary bird
  • Moving kitchen chairs
  • Robbie's attack by a clown doll

3. American composer/musician Henry Mancini won two of his four career Oscars for which film?

  • Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
  • Days of Wine and Roses (1962)
  • Charade (1963)
  • The Pink Panther (1963)

4. What was the last name of the three violent and aggressive hockey-playing brothers who turned around the fortunes of the Charlestown Chiefs hockey team in the sports film Slap Shot (1977)?

  • Carlson
  • Hanson
  • Johnson
  • Newman

5. What famous Russian film by Sergei Eisenstein featured the Odessa Steps sequence, one of the earliest examples of montage?

  • Alexander Nevsky (1938)
  • Battleship Potemkin (1925)
  • Oktyabr (1927)
  • Strike (1925)

6. As a Best Actress nominee, Susan Hayward portrayed real-life WWII singer/entertainer Jane Froman in the biopic With a Song in My Heart (1952), who experienced what major tragedy in her life?

  • Airplane Crash
  • Alcoholism
  • Death of Husband
  • Terminal Cancer

7. In which horror film was a hook-wielding, urban legend killer summoned by reciting his name five times before a mirror?

  • Hellraiser (1987)
  • Candyman (1992)
  • Jeepers Creepers (2001)
  • Urban Legend (1998)

8. Which of the following performers did NOT receive an Oscar nomination for their role in From Here to Eternity (1953)?

  • Ernest Borgnine
  • Deborah Kerr
  • Donna Reed
  • Frank Sinatra

9. Which of the following films did not win the Oscar for Best Visual/Special Effects?

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • Alien (1979)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Blade Runner (1982)

10. Which film was Jack Nicholson's feature film screen debut?

  • The Cry Baby Killer
  • The Little Shop of Horrors
  • Too Soon to Love
  • The Wild Ride

11. Who is considered filmdom's first major comedy star of the silent film era?

  • Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle
  • John Bunny
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Charley Chase

12. What is box-office's highest-grossing (domestic) G-rated film of all time?

  • Finding Nemo (2003)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Toy Story 3 (2010)
  • Toy Story 4 (2019)

13. Which animated cartoon character appeared for the first time in Walter Lantz' Andy Panda short Knock Knock (1940)?

  • Daffy Duck
  • Elmer Fudd
  • Chilly Willy
  • Woody Woodpecker

14. What was the first film in Oscar history to win the Oscar award for Best Makeup?

  • 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
  • Planet of the Apes (1968)
  • The Elephant Man (1980)
  • An American Werewolf in London (1981)

15. Which of the following famous classic film directors has won a Best Director Academy Award?

  • George Cukor
  • Cecil B. DeMille
  • Howard Hawks
  • Alfred Hitchcock

16. What gory torture-horror film was advertised with the tagline: "How much blood would you shed to stay alive?"

  • High Tension (2003)
  • Hostel (2005)
  • Saw (2004)
  • Silent Hill (2006)

17. Who was the first film actor to ever appear on the cover of Time Magazine?

  • John Barrymore
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Douglas Fairbanks, Sr.
  • Groucho Marx

18. Which of the following actresses did not win an Oscar (Lead or Supporting) for a role as a prostitute?

  • Helen Hayes
  • Shirley Jones
  • Charlize Theron
  • Elisabeth Shue

19. What was the first mainstream studio feature film directed by an African-American?

  • Cooley High
  • The Learning Tree
  • School Daze
  • Superfly

20. What was the last Hollywood episodic serial to be produced?

  • Blazing the Overland Trail
  • Daredevils of the West
  • King of the Rocket Men
  • Radar Men From the Moon

21. What was the first foreign language film (the first film not in English) to receive an Oscar nomination?

  • L'Age D'Or
  • La Grande Illusion
  • A Nous La Liberte
  • Rio Rita

22. In which 1928 film did audiences first hear MGM's Leo the Lion roar during the opening logo?

  • A Woman of Affairs
  • The Viking
  • West of Zanzibar
  • White Shadows in the South Seas

Quiz # 20: Answers

1. Answer: A Hole in the Head (1959)
Crooner/actor Frank Sinatra (as widower Tony Manetta) sang the popular song "High Hopes" in the Frank Capra dramedy film A Hole in the Head (1959), based on the 1957 Broadway play of the same name.

2. Answer: Death of Carol Anne's canary bird
The unexpected expiration of the family's canary bird "Tweety," and its burial and subsequent unearthing in the yard, was a foreshadowing of greater threats to come.

3. Answer: Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Mancini won Oscars for Best Song ("Moon River") and Best Music Score, both for Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). He also won another Best Song Oscar for the title theme song for Days of Wine and Roses (1962), and Best Original Music Score for Victor/Victoria (1982).

4. Answer: Hanson
When veteran player/coach Reggie Dunlop (Paul Newman) let the three Hanson brothers play, their aggressive, hard-hitting, crowd-pleasing style of play invigorated the team and its ultimate fortune. The scene-stealing Hanson Brothers were based on a trio of real life hockey players – who also played versions of themselves as well. Jeff, Steve, and Jack Hanson were played by Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson, and David Hanson respectively.

5. Answer: Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Sergei Eisenstein's influential film featured the Odessa Steps sequence in which Tsarist soldiers massacred Odessan civilians.

6. Answer: Airplane Crash
Director Walter Lang's film was about a crippled WWII troop singer/entertainer who survived an airplane-crash during a USO tour. In the film, the real-life singer provided the actual singing.

7. Answer: Candyman (1992)
University of Illinois in Chicago graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) summoned the Candyman's name by reciting it five times, thereby unleashing a series of grisly killings.

8. Answer: Ernest Borgnine
There were five performers nominated for acting Oscars, but only two won - both in the supporting categories (Sinatra and Reed). Borgnine's role as cruel Staff Sergeant "Fatso" was not nominated.

9. Answer: Blade Runner (1982)
Blade Runner (1982) was nominated but lost its bid for the Best Visual Effects Oscar to Spielberg's E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982).

10. Answer: The Cry Baby Killer
21 year-old Jack Nicholson made his feature film debut in producer Roger Corman's low-budget juvenile delinquent drama The Cry Baby Killer (1958).

11. Answer: John Bunny
After being a successful vaudeville and stage comic, John Bunny made his film debut in Brooklyn-based Vitagraph's Jack Fat and Jim Slim at Coney Island (1910), and by 1911 was Vitagraph's biggest moneymaker.

12. Answer: Toy Story 4 (2019)
Recently, Toy Story 4 (2019) (at $434 million) surpassed both The Lion King (1994) (at $422.8 million) and Toy Story 3 (2010) (at $415 million) as the highest-grossing (domestic) film of all-time.

13. Answer: Woody Woodpecker
The brash, pestering, and annoying Woody Woodpecker made his debut appearance in Knock Knock (1940), with the distinctive trademark laugh provided by Mel Blanc.

14. Answer: An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The new awards category of Best Makeup was officially instituted for films in the year 1981, the first awarded to An American Werewolf in London. Previous to that, some films received non-competitive Special Achievement Awards for Makeup.

15. Answer: George Cukor
George Cukor won his sole Oscar (Best Director) for My Fair Lady (1964). The others never won a Best Director Oscar although they were sometimes nominated: DeMille (1), Hawks (1), Hitchcock (5).

16. Answer: Saw (2004)
The sadistically gory film Saw (2004) told of two imprisoned men tormented by a madman (the Jigsaw Killer) to mutilate themselves to escape.

17. Answer: Charlie Chaplin
Silent film's "The Tramp", Charlie Chaplin, appeared on the cover of the July 6th, 1925 issue of Time, the Weekly News Magazine, in a picture from his recently-released film The Gold Rush (1925). He made a second appearance on the cover of the February 9th, 1931 issue.

18. Answer: Elisabeth Shue
Elisabeth Shue was nominated for her role in Leaving Las Vegas (1995), but lost to Susan Sarandon playing a nun in Dead Man Walking (1995). The winning roles for the others were in The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931), Elmer Gantry (1960), and Monster (2003).

19. Answer: The Learning Tree
African-American film-maker and cinematographer Gordon Parks directed his own autobiographical The Learning Tree (1969). This laid the groundwork for Parks' next film -- the landmark blaxploitation action film Shaft (1971) with Richard Roundtree - a very successful cross-over film.

20. Answer: Blazing the Overland Trail
Episodic films, called serials, had their heyday during the silent era and through to the mid-1950s. Columbia's and director Spencer Bennet's western serial, Blazing the Overland Trail (1956) was the last one.

21. Answer: A Nous La Liberte
Rene Clair's French comedy A Nous La Liberte (1931, Fr.), his third sound feature film, received a nomination for Best Art Direction (for Lazare Meerson). The first foreign language film to actually win an Oscar (Best Original Screenplay) was Marie-Louise (1944, Swiss), a German language film.

22. Answer: White Shadows in the South Seas
Audiences first heard MGM's mascot Leo the Lion deliver a mighty roar in the studio's White Shadows in the South Seas (1928). It was the first MGM picture to be released with a pre-recorded soundtrack.