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Thanks, I just remembered The Sand Pebbles was also shot in East Asia- ps- didn't have to look them up, just remembered. btw, it was an excellent question.  Are they they some of the films you were thinking about? I'll have to think of one to post, be back later

 

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Years after directing a film, the director said that he only allowed the husband of one  of the stars of the film on the set if he brought an elaborate dinner for the  whole cast and crew.  Director and film, the husband and his wife ?????  btw the film is one mentioned in the previous answer.

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12 minutes ago, lavenderblue19 said:

Years after directing a film, the director said that he only allowed the husband of one  of the stars of the film on the set if he brought an elaborate dinner for the  whole cast and crew.  Director and film, the husband and his wife ?????  btw the film is one mentioned in the previous answer.

Just a guess--

Frank Sinatra was married to Ava Gardner when she made "Mogambo".

And he made a pest of himself on the set because he was jealous of Clark Gable.

Since the set was in Africa, he had a long ways to go to show how jealous he was.

And one of the few people who could push Frank Sinatra around would be John Ford.

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7 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

Just a guess--

Frank Sinatra was married to Ava Gardner when she made "Mogambo".

And he made a pest of himself on the set because he was jealous of Clark Gable.

Since the set was in Africa, he had a long ways to go to show how jealous he was.

And one of the few people who could push Frank Sinatra around would be John Ford.

Good guess Princess,  John Ford, Mogambo, Sinatra and Gardner, all correct. Sinatra brought with him an elaborate, complete Italian dinner for the whole cast and crew just as Ford demanded.  Ford talked about this years after the film was made. Back to you

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This classic movie actor was on the verge of big Hollywood stardom when he committed suicide.

Reportedly he was beleaguered by bisexual confusion, but some thought that the previous suicide of his first wife had contributed to his depression.

The movie which would have been his breakout role was premiered posthumously.

 When you identify this actor, also name his posthumus movie.

 

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On 12/13/2019 at 9:13 AM, starliteyes said:

Ross Alexander committed suicide on January 2, 1937.  His last movie, Ready, Willing and Able came out two months later.

Yes Star, that is correct. And it was a sad, confusing story that came out later.

Your turn--

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This Golden Age star was twice offered the leading role in two different adaptations of hit Broadway musicals.  Supposedly he said the same thing when turning down the parts – that not only would he not do it, but if the actor who starred in it on Broadway was not cast in it, he would not even go to see it.

Name the two musicals, the actor who refused to do them and the two actors who played the respective roles on Broadway.

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8 minutes ago, starliteyes said:

This Golden Age star was twice offered the leading role in two different adaptations of hit Broadway musicals.  Supposedly he said the same thing when turning down the parts – that not only would he not do it, but if the actor who starred in it on Broadway was not cast in it, he would not even go to see it.

Name the two musicals, the actor who refused to do them and the two actors who played the respective roles on Broadway.

Jack Warner offered Cary Grant the part of Henry Higgins in "My Fair Lady". But Cary was smart enough to turn it down and recommended the man who originated the role, Rex Harrison.

I don't know what the second role was so I'll just have to guess--

Robert Preston's role as The Music Man?

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Excellent, Princess!  Yes, Cary Grant was offered the roles of Henry Higgins and Harold Hill and had the good sense to turn both of them down.

Looks as though it's your turn once again!

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The untimely demise of a number of people associated with a legendary film has led some to believe that a jinx may have been put in play, or perhaps it was just a series of bad coincidences.

 

*After you identify the film,

then you have to identify the unfortunate victim,

how they were associated with the film and

how they died.

 

1) Before the film was premiered one important contributor to the production was killed on their property by a freak accident.

2) The spouse of one of the film's major stars was killed in an accident several years after the film's production.

3) One of the film's major stars was killed in an incident, which may or may not have been intended as an act of war-- again a few years after the film's production.

4) The person who was responsible for the film's basic concept was killed a decade after the film's production in an accident.

At least three of these unfortunate incidents were accidents, and the fourth one may have been too.

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On 12/16/2019 at 12:29 PM, Princess of Tap said:

Next:

The untimely demise of a number of people associated with a legendary film has led some to believe that a jinx may have been put in play, or perhaps it was just a series of bad coincidences.

 

*After you identify the film,

then you have to identify the unfortunate victim,

how they were associated with the film and

how they died.

 

1) Before the film was premiered one important contributor to the production was killed on their property by a freak accident.

2) The spouse of one of the film's major stars was killed in an accident several years after the film's production.

3) One of the film's major stars was killed in an incident, which may or may not have been intended as an act of war-- again a few years after the film's production.

4) The person who was responsible for the film's basic concept was killed a decade after the film's production in an accident.

At least three of these unfortunate incidents were accidents, and the fourth one may have been too.

Hint#1-- Everyone on this website has probably seen this movie.

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The film is Gone with the Wind.

1. Before the film premiered, Sidney Howard, who got the sole script writing credit for the film, was crushed to death in a garage on his farm by a two-and-a half ton tractor.

2. Carole Lombard, married to Clark Gable, died in a plane crash in 1942.

3. Leslie Howard's death in 1943 is attributed to a casualty of war since his plane was shot down by 8 German fighter planes.

4. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Win d, met her death as she was crossing the street and was hit by a car driven by a drunken driver.

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2 hours ago, starliteyes said:

The film is Gone with the Wind.

1. Before the film premiered, Sidney Howard, who got the sole script writing credit for the film, was crushed to death in a garage on his farm by a two-and-a half ton tractor.

2. Carole Lombard, married to Clark Gable, died in a plane crash in 1942.

3. Leslie Howard's death in 1943 is attributed to a casualty of war since his plane was shot down by 8 German fighter planes.

4. Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Win d, met her death as she was crossing the street and was hit by a car driven by a drunken driver.

Star-- An A+ for you! An excellent and thorough accounting of the so-called GWTW jinx.

You have really earned your next turn!

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Two films, shot at the same time and released within a year of each other, used a number of the same sets and also starred two of the same actors.

Name the films and the actors.

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"The Most Dangerous Game" and "King Kong" were shot at the same time at RKO and used many of the same jungle sets.  Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong were featured in both movies.

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6 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

"The Most Dangerous Game" and "King Kong" were shot at the same time at RKO and used many of the same jungle sets.  Fay Wray and Robert Armstrong were featured in both movies.

That is absolutely right, Miles.

Your thread.

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What two unrelated MGM movies were shot consecutively and featured the same leading man, the same leading lady, and the same well known character actor in support?  One of them was shown on TCM recently.

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On 12/24/2019 at 1:16 AM, MilesArcher said:

What two unrelated MGM movies were shot consecutively and featured the same leading man, the same leading lady, and the same well known character actor in support?  One of them was shown on TCM recently.

My original question was posted on December 24th, so it's a pretty safe bet that one of the movies was a perennial Christmas time favorite of TCM. 

Here is a hint:  Both movies were released in 1940.

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6 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

My original question was posted on December 24th, so it's a pretty safe bet that one of the movies was a perennial Christmas time favorite of TCM. 

Here is a hint:  Both movies were released in 1940.

The Shop Around The Corner and The Mortal Storm. Both starred Jimmy Stewart, Margaret Sullavan and Frank Morgan

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Thanks Miles :)

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A strange coincidence about 2 very lovely supporting actress that played important roles in a famous romantic comedy Both had untimely deaths. One in her 40's the other her early 50's. Both had brain hemorrhages. 2 actresses and the famous film  they were in together???

 

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I believe they would be Rita Johnson and Diana Lynn.  They both appeared in "The Major And The Minor".  Rita's troubles started when she was hit in the head by a falling hair dryer in 1948.  She developed brain troubles and had to have several surgeries.  She became partially paralyzed, but she lived until 1965, when she suffered the cerebral hemorrhage.  

Here is Rita.

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Diana had been a child piano prodigy, making her film debut at age 13.  She suffered a stroke which led to the brain hemorrhage.  She died at age forty-five in 1971.

Here is Diana.

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Yes, Rita Johnson and Diana Lynn and the film was The Major and The Minor.,they play sisters in the film. Another coincidence, Diana was a child prodigy on the piano and Rita attended the New England Music Conservatory.  They both died much too young. Very tragic and sad, two lovely, talented actresses.

Good work, thanks for posting the photos, your thread Miles

 

 

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