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4 hours ago, Peebs said:

Next:

Bill Murray

Lon Chaney

Giulietta Masina

James Stewart

Jerry Lewis

They all played clowns?

Murray: Quick Change (1990)

Chaney: He Who Gets Slapped (1924) and Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Masina: La Strada (1954)

Stewart: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Lewis: The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

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1 hour ago, Fausterlitz said:

They all played clowns?

Murray: Quick Change (1990)

Chaney: He Who Gets Slapped (1924) and Laugh, Clown, Laugh (1928)

Masina: La Strada (1954)

Stewart: The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

Lewis: The Day the Clown Cried (1972)

Perfect as always! 🤡  (Just as a personal aside, clowns creep me out.)

Your thread, Fausterlitz...

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Thanks, Peebs!  At first I thought it might have something to do with characters experiencing an altered perception of reality (Murray in Groundhog Day, Masina in Juliet of the Spirits, Stewart in Harvey, and Lewis in The Nutty Professor...but I couldn't find a Chaney example).

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Chinatown (1974)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Rain Man (1988)

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52 minutes ago, Fausterlitz said:

Thanks, Peebs!  At first I thought it might have something to do with characters experiencing an altered perception of reality (Murray in Groundhog Day, Masina in Juliet of the Spirits, Stewart in Harvey, and Lewis in The Nutty Professor...but I couldn't find a Chaney example).

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The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Chinatown (1974)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Rain Man (1988)

Is it that the directors make cameos in their pictures?

John Huston, Roman Polanski, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Barry Levinson

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Yes, you got it: they each had small but memorable speaking roles in these films.  Interestingly, they each chose to play fairly unsympathetic characters (particularly Polanski and Scorsese), although Levinson as the court-appointed psychiatrist (the one at the end of the film, evaluating whether Raymond needs to return to an institution) is really just doing his job.

I have to admit, though, the first time I saw Apocalypse Now, I didn't quite understand that Coppola was playing a TV news director.  I just thought he was making a random, arbitrary cameo and breaking the fourth wall for some reason (especially because in the scene he's acting more like a movie director shouting advice to his "actors"), and it totally wrenched me out of the movie for a while.  Still does, actually.

Nice work, Peebs, and it's back to you.  🙂   (P. S. I'm not a fan of clowns, either.)

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That was a was a good one. Another clever theme, Fausterlitz!  I

 

Next:  It's something they have in common before they became famous.

Charlton Heston

Ann Margaret

Rock Hudson

Bruce Dern

Virginia Madsen

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This is a list of notable alumni from New Trier High School, a four-year high school in  in Winnetka, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago ...

Bruce Dern, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Virginia Madsen and Ann-Margret ...

(I was born & raised near Chicago & they sounded familiar)

:unsure:

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2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

This is a list of notable alumni from New Trier High School, a four-year high school in  in Winnetka, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago ...

Bruce Dern, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Virginia Madsen and Ann-Margret ...

(I was born & raised near Chicago & they sounded familiar)

:unsure:

 

Well done, Mr. 6666! 

I saw another person post recently that they went to the same high school as Ann-Margaret which reminded me of the other famous New Trier alums.   I wasn't sure if this would be a too specific bit of trivia but you came through.  

The thread is yours :)

 

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5 hours ago, mr6666 said:

-thread's Open........

Thanks, Mr6666! I was just excited that someone new was finally joining this thread, so I hope you'll still check in periodically.  The thread actually died at one point because the questions were apparently getting too arcane, so we definitely don't want that to happen again.  Will try to mix it up with some easier ones more often. 🙂

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Next:

Sudden Fear (1952)

Blow-Up (1966)

The Conversation (1974)

Blow Out (1981)

Ruthless People (1986)

Hint: movie 2 was a direct influence on movies 3 and 4

 

 

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Through types of media, characters discovers something sinister below the surface?

(Probably a much better way to phrase that ...)

1.  A dictating machine recording,  wife discovers husband plans to killer her

2. Photographer takes a photo , on closer inspection there is evidence of a possible murder

3. Surveillance man happens to records a possible murder plan 

4.  Sound engineer happens to record a car accident which on closer listening might be a murder

5.  Videotape, wife discovers husband wants her dead

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4 hours ago, Peebs said:

Through types of media, characters discovers something sinister below the surface?

(Probably a much better way to phrase that ...)

1.  A dictating machine recording,  wife discovers husband plans to kill her

2. Photographer takes a photo; on closer inspection there is evidence of a possible murder

3. Surveillance man happens to records a possible murder plan 

4.  Sound engineer happens to record a car accident which on closer listening might be a murder

5.  Videotape, wife discovers husband wants her dead

Hey Peebs, that's a totally fine answer, since you obviously understood what I was looking for! (I would have said "someone records what may or may not have been a murder, or the planning thereof.")  In the case of Ruthless People, I was actually thinking of the scene where Judge Reinhold is videotaping what he expects will be a murder, but he can't bear to look (and doesn't realize what he's hearing are actually screams of sexual excitement--sort of the reverse of the famous Mel Brooks/Madeline Kahn phone-sex scene in High Anxiety). But your example makes equal sense.

Great job, and it's your thread again.  🙂

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Thanks, Fausterlitz!  Glad you could decipher my answer. :)  Good theme!  I had forgotten about the Judge Reinhold scene.

 

Next:  

This one is pretty straight forward, I think...

1.  Cactus Flower. (1969)

2.  The In-Laws (1979)

3.  Little Shop of Horrors  (1986)

4.  Strawberry Blonde (1941)

5.  The Hangover (2009)

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9 minutes ago, Terrence1 said:

My guess is that each movie partially takes place in a dental office

Yes, or a dentist as a character. Well done, Terrence!

Your thread

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23 minutes ago, Terrence1 said:

John Payne

John Hodiak

Robert Sterling

Eli Wallach

Mel  Brooks

They were each married to well-known actresses named Anne?

Payne: Anne Shirley

Hodiak: Anne Baxter

Sterling: Anne Jeffreys

Wallach: Anne Jackson

Brooks: Anne Bancroft

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16 minutes ago, Terrence1 said:

Thanks, Peebs.  How about that!  I finally got one!  Let's go with:

John Payne

John Hodiak

Robert Sterling

Eli Wallach

Mel  Brooks

 

7 minutes ago, Fausterlitz said:

They were each married to well-known actresses named Ann or Anne? (in Sterling's case, both)

They  were  all  on  What's  My  Line .  Thanks

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Thanks, Terrence! Just for the record, Cinemaman's answer happens to be coincidentally true, but since there were more than 1000 mystery guests on What's My Line? over the years, that would also tend to be the case for many random groups of five well-known actors from that era:

http://wapedia.mobi/en/List_of_What's_My_Line?_mystery_guests

So, hopefully no one is ever tempted to actually use that as their question! 🙂

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Next:

The General (1927)

King Kong (1933)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

The Core (2003)

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22 hours ago, Fausterlitz said:

Thanks, Terrence! Just for the record, Cinemaman's answer happens to be coincidentally true, but since there were more than 1000 mystery guests on What's My Line? over the years, that would also tend to be the case for many random groups of five well-known actors from that era:

http://wapedia.mobi/en/List_of_What's_My_Line?_mystery_guests

So, hopefully no one is ever tempted to actually use that as their question! 🙂

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Next:

The General (1927)

King Kong (1933)

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

The Core (2003)

 

Ok, is it something to do with bridges being destroyed to prevent the enemy from advancing?  

 

The General (1927)  Keaton sets fire to the bridge and when the train comes, it collapses

King Kong (1933) Kong shakes people off the log bridge 

The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)  explosion of the bridge as the train crosses

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)  Indy cuts the rope bridge while being chased by Mola Ram and henchmen

The Core (2003) Golden Gate Bridge melts as a  side effect of the core ?

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15 minutes ago, Peebs said:

Ok, is it something to do with bridges being destroyed

Yes, that's it!  I didn't even notice the "enemy advancing" part (which is true of 1 and 3, and in a certain sense 4) until you pointed it out. I was just looking for "bridges are partly or completely destroyed."

Nice work as always, Peebs! (I was actually just about to post a hint, but you didn't need it.)

Tag, you're it...  🙂

 

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Thanks Fausterlitz!  Another clever theme!  I guess #5 doesn't fit my "enemy advancing" either.  Over thinking it again on my part. 

 

Next:  

Blues Brothers (1980)

Dawn of the Dead  (1978)

The Silent Partner (1978)

Fast Times at Ridgemont High  (1982)

Jackie Brown (1997)

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