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  1. coffeedan1927

    Trivia -- Week of September 26, 2005

    Sorry for my tardiness today -- I was having log-in problems (would somebody mind telling me how the TCM web staff improved this site?) . . . Tuesday's question: What classic movie was based on a Tennessee Williams play originally titled The Poker Night? Good luck!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 26, 2005

    Excellent, wnyzman! You are correct! Incidentally, the original screen story was written by Paul Dresser's brother, author Theodore Dreiser (An American Tragedy).
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    Trivia -- Week of September 26, 2005

    Monday's question: What 1942 musical biopic tells the life story of songwriter Paul Dresser? Good luck!
  4. Greetings, everybody! I've been looking at stiil another old issue of Liberty I received in the mail this morning. This is the Oct. 15, 1927 issue, and I've been reading the movie review of WINGS, which is largely favorable and accompanied by a great picture of Clara Bow. But about three paragraphs in, I noticed this now-familiar complaint: "It is typical of Hollywood to spend a million or more on production and forget the story." Just goes to show that the more things change, the more they remain the same. And now, on to this week's movie trivia . . .
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Wow! Everything's back up now. Just been clicking around the boards a little bit, and though I don't see anything radically different, I hope it's all for the better. Oh yes, Wednesday's answer: Fred Astaire was the object of those fans' desparate pleas. He had announced his (first) retirement with the release of his 1946 Paramount musical BLUE SKIES. And lolite, my leg is healing nicely. I'm out of the tape and gauze now, and wearing a local bandage on my ankle while the ulcers continue to heal. Thanks for your concern!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Wednesday's question: To what film legend did New York's Paramount Theater send a petition signed by 10,000 people begging him to come out of retirement? Good luck!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Righto, pgm80s! Huston originally wrote his adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's story in the 1950s for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart, but both actors died before the project really got under way. So it sat for 20 years before he saw the possibilities with Sean Connery and Michael Caine in the the principal roles.
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Tuesday's question: Which of John Huston's films was originally conceived as a vehicle for Clark Gable and Humphrey Bogart? Good luck!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Good job, Ralph! You are correct -- and you spelled it right, too!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 19, 2005

    Monday's question: In what film did Gary Cooper play a role originally played on stage by John Barrymore? Good luck!
  11. Good morning, everybody! As this week wears on, I'm going to be sorry to see summer go for another year. But I'm also looking forward to fall and its cooler weather -- I guess that's a result of getting older. But on the whole, I just watching the seasons come and go like old friends who stay a while, move on, and come again when the weather changes. Now, on to this week's movie trivia . . .
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    Trivia -- Week of September 12, 2005

    Still more slo-mo computer problems, folks . . . Friday's question: In what movie does Jimmy Durante say, "Come to my room in a half-hour -- and bring some rye bread"? Good luck!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 12, 2005

    Sorry, folks -- both my computer and I have been running rather sluggish today . . . Thursday's question: What noted American film director once made a biopic about the Dalai Lama? Good luck!
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    Trivia -- Week of September 12, 2005

    Good job, shaina! You are correct! By the way, cartoon character J. Wellington Wimpy (his full name) first uttered that line in E. C. Segar's comic strip Thimble Theatre in the late '20s. One of my sources says 1928, the year before Segar introduced Popeye the Sailor in the strip. So it was a fairly established line by the time Jack Oakie used it in IF I HAD A MILLION in 1932 -- you can tell that by his delivery of the line. By the way, Segar hated spinach . . .
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    A Great Movie Alert!

    Michael Powell's main objection to changing the title of A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH in this country was that he and Emeric Pressburger had managed to avoid any direct references to "heaven" in the film, so it would be more universal in appeal. While he understood the reasons for retitling the film STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN, he felt it compromised the film somewhat. Also, no part of LIFE AND DEATH was filmed in black and white. The entire production was shot in Technicolor. For the otherworldly sequences, the scenes were developed and printed without using the Technicolor dyes. That gave the scenes a sharp, stark black and white image that, when seen theatrically in a real Technicolor print, is almost three-dimensional. Powell and Pressburger decided that since nobody knows heaven's colors, or even whether any color at all is present there, that those scenes would be in black and white. That also inspired the line in the film, "One is starved for Technicolor up there." I learned this from Michael Powell himself when I interviewed him, along with his wife Thelma Schoonmaker, at the Athens International Film Festival in 1986.

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