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GENERAL TRIVIA QUESTION THREAD


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The response to this one has been completely under-whelming........... Kim Novak, before she was in films, won a beauty contest called "Miss Deepfreeze", in which she was required to demonstrate refrigerators. Her real name was Marilyn Novak. She changed her first name to Kim to avoid confusion with Marilyn Monroe.

 

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Here?s a straightforward bit of trivia:

 

Gwen Verdon?s first husband, a reporter on the West Coast, was good friends with a Hollywood actor who made around 30 films before his untimely death following the release of his breakout performance in a classic film?

 

Who was the actor and what was the film?

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Gwen Verdon was married to her first husband during the forties. Assuming that the husband was friends with this actor while he was married to Gwen, the actor would have had to die during the forties. The only actor I can think of who died an untimely death during the forties was Laird Cregar, but he didn't make as many as 30 films.......On second thought, Conrad Veidt died suddenly after appearing in CASABLANCA. Could it be him?.

 

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Not Conrad Veidt...and I didn't say that Gwen Verdon was still married to the reporter at the time the actor suddenly died...

 

The actor?s most memorable film had just been released and footage from it was used on his very last film which was still in production when he died...

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I believe that would be Robert Walker.

 

Robert Walker (1918-1951) appeared in "Strangers on a Train" (1951), then died while in the midst of making his next film, "My Son John" (1952). The finished print includes footage and outtakes from "Strangers on a Train."

 

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Dan

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Exactly, Dan! Robert Walker died in 1951 at age 32, suddenly and tragically, but had some good fortune in that *Strangers on a Train* went on to become a classic. The reporter was Jim Henaghan who had befriended Walker after his split with Jennifer Jones and was with him when he died.

 

Good to have you back?it?s your thread?

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Thanks, Eve... It's good to be back.

 

Can anyone name the superstar who began his film career in an uncredited role as a sailor in a seedy bar, watching a singer do her number... half drunk, he begins heckling the singer by saying loudly:

 

"I'll bet that dame's bowlegged!"

 

Irate, the singer stops the show, turns to the sailor and smartly lifts her skirt, saying:

 

"You call THESE legs bowlegs?"

 

Remember, the guy who played the drunken sailor went on to become a superstar, one of the biggest.

 

Can you name him?

 

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Dan

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Thanks, Charlie. In the mid thirties two actresses appeared in supporting roles in a musical film. Some years later, both of them would go on to become major television stars. In the movie, one of them, who was more of a singer than actress, played the plain Jane sister of the female lead. The other actress played the friend of the female lead, who was asked to do an "extreme makeover" on Miss Plain Jane in order to make her more attractive to the best friend of the male lead. The best friend of the male lead would go on to become a major star of westerns, but at this time he was doing whatever the studio assigned him to. What was the movie and who were the two actresses in supporting roles? By the way, the one who was a singer did not sing on TV. When she got into TV, she changed her name to her married name. Probably some of you know the answer right now.

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Very good, phroso. Yes, "Follow The Fleet" was made by RKO and starred Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Harriet Hilliard was a singer with her husband, Ozzie Nelson's, band. She appeared in several movies in the mid thirties. Around 1951, Ozzie, Harriet, and their two sons made a movie called "Here Come The Nelsons", which served as sort of a pilot film for their TV series. The movie featured a very young Rock Hudson. That's right, future hearthrobs Rock Hudson and Ricky Nelson were in a movie together before anyone knew who they were. Lucille Ball was a contract player at RKO. She appeared in several movies with Ginger, including "Roberta" and "Stage Door". Later, Lucy and her husband, Desi Arnaz, bought RKO and produced TV shows such as "The Untouchables" there under the name "Desilu Productions". Randolph Scott, who had also played Fred's friend in "Roberta", was appearing in all kinds of movies, but it soon became apparent that he was best suited for westerns and action films, and starting in the forties, that's what he concentrated on. Your turn , phroso.

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Thanks, Miles.

 

 

Next question:

 

The 1980 Screen Actors Guild strike effectively shut down nearly all TV and film production during that period. One film, an adaptation of a then-recent best-seller, was allowed to continue production, because of the failing health of one of its stars. It was believed that the legendary performer might not survive the lengthy strike, and, if the star died, the film would then have to be expensively re-shot with a different star. As a result, this became the only film to be allowed to "break" the SAG strike at the time. The performer was able to finish the film, gave an acclaimed performance, and lived several additional years after the film was completed.

 

Can you name the film and star?

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