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GENERAL TRIVIA QUESTION THREAD

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I am not 100% sure about the lawsuit angle, but mobster Crazy Joe Gallo did not approve of the character based on him in The Gang that Couldn't Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin. Crazy Joe got "whacked" not too long after the movie came out. This probably isn't the right answer, but all this Godfather stuff has me locked onto one genre. 

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It is Joe Gallo, he was going to sue Mario Puzo for The Godfather, but he was whacked a month after the film premiered. Your answer was close enough Tommy,. excellent work, your thread  :)

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That was an excellent question, Lavenderblue.

 

Here's a lighter topic, and possibly easy question.

 

This light, period-piece sports flick's lead male character is believed to be based on a composite of two of the sport's all-time greats-- one more directly than the other, but both certainly had an influence. Name the film, character, and the two real athletes. 

 

 

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Hint:  I have a feeling some might know the film and probably the lead male character, but the ballplayers are a problem.  Here's a couple hints that might help... 1.(Double) X marks the spot... 2. Runs Batted In

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It's "A League Of Their Own".  Tom Hanks' character, Jimmy Dugan, was supposed to be a composite of Jimmy Foxx and Hack Wilson.

 

Another baseball movie, "The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars And Motor Kings", had a character named "Esquire Joe", played by Stan Shaw.  That character was supposed to be a composite of Jackie Robinson and Willie Mays.

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Absolutely correct on all accounts, Miles.  Foxx and Wilson, two of the greatest hitters of their time, like so many of that era, died penniless and way before their time.  Low pay, no pensions, little education, and hard living provided few options but a pauper's grave after one's playing days.  Tragic.  Today's spoiled primadonna players ought to read up on some of their predecessors to appreciate what they have.

 

Well done, Miles.  The thread is yours.

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Correction to clues in a previous question on this thread. ...JAWS in fact outgrossed THE GODFATHER (and also THE EXORCIST)

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As a young girl growing up in Cincinnati, Vera-Ellen took dancing classes with another young girl who would go on to a show business career.  Who was that other girl?

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Was that by any chance Doris Day?

 

Yes, it was Doris Day.   Doris Day later had her legs injured in a car accident, so she gave up the idea of being a dancer and concentrated on a singing career.  Of course, she still did lots of dancing in her early movies.  You're up, Starlit. 

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This actress’s second husband was a writer/producer.  After they divorced, he became the second husband of another actress who, it has been said, the first actress bore a striking resemblance to once she changed her hair color. 

 

Name the 2 actresses and the writer/producer they were both married to at one time.

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Hint:  The first actress had a sister who was also a famous actress.  The second actress would later become known for her brains as well as her beauty.

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This actress’s second husband was a writer/producer.  After they divorced, he became the second husband of another actress who, it has been said, the first actress bore a striking resemblance to once she changed her hair color. 

 

Name the 2 actresses and the writer/producer they were both married to at one time.

Hedy Lamarr and Joan Bennett were both married to writer/producer Gene Markey. Joan and Constance Bennett were sisters and Joan who was a natural blonde became a brunette and was sometimes compared to Hedy ???

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Absolutely right on all counts, lavender!  Your thread.

Thanks Star  :)

 

Two real life sisters were in a 1950's film. One played the character as a young child, the other played the same character as a young woman. Name the sisters and the film ???

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Thanks, Lav.  Today, July 3rd, marks the anniversary of the end of the three day battle of Gettysburg in 1863.  On the second day, the Union stemmed the tide of battle by defending their left flank from attack.  This incident was depicted in the movie "Gettysburg" (1993).  What was that battle known as and who played the officer leading the Union troops to victory that day? 

 

I hope everyone has a happy and healthy holiday weekend!

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Well Miles, we ran very similar posts. You have Gettysburg's 2nd day, I did Gettysburg's first day. Are you looking for Tom Berenger as Lt Gen James Longstreet at the Battle of Little Round Top?

 

I did What Do They Have in Common on Jul 1st. Can you fill in the blanks for me? It shouldn't take long. You already have the answers. :)       

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You got the right battle, Edith, but Longstreet was a confederate.  Who led the 20th Maine regiment in defending the hill?

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Sorry Miles. You are looking for Jeff Daniels who played Col Joshua Chamberlain leading his regiment into Gettysburg's Little Round Top.

(Edythe should stick with Johnny Tremaine for 4th of July Pageantry).

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You got it, Edythe.  I've been to Gettysburg and know a bit about the battle.  The movie was filmed there and the Battle Of Little Round Top was filmed on the exact location of the original battle.  They used thousands of Civil War re-enacters, many of whom provided their own uniforms and equipment.  It's your turn now, Edy.  Happy Fourth of July!  

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