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What Do These Four Films Have In Common

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That's it. All of them are credited with their film's scores. Woody Allen's "original" score for *SLEEPER* is actually a series of familiar songs done Dixieland style by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, with Woody on clarinet. Nice work, cinerama. The thread is yours . . .

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Good enough. They all have an elevator operator who has at least several lines. In 2 of the films, he was played by Elisha Cook, Jr. Your thread.

 

Edited by: finance on Apr 27, 2011 9:30 AM

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Director/actor role switching?

 

QUIZ SHOW and END OF THE GAME have directors better known as actors (Redford and Schell)

HUSBANDS AND WIVES and STALAG 17 have actors better known as directors (Pollack and Preminger)

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That's close enough: All four have directors acting in other people's movies:

 

Martin Ritt, End of the Game and Scorsese, Quiz Show were the other two.

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REQUIEM FOR A HEAVYWEIGHT

THE KING OF COMEDY

ORDINARY PEOPLE

NIGHT AND THE CITY (remake)

 

Edited by: finance on Apr 27, 2011 4:38 PM

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Famous comedian starring in a dramatic role?

 

Jackie Gleason--"Requiem"

Jerry Lewis--"King"

Mary Tyler Moore--"Ordinary"

Alan King----"Night"

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*The Great Caruso*

*One Hundred Men and a Girl*

*Anchors Aweigh*

*Hit the Deck*

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Yes--of course that's a correct answer, even though it's not the one that I was thinking of. I wanted a more specific answer.

 

Fi's turn--

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It's my fault--I want a credit that all 4 have in common, s'il vous plait.

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This is just a guess, but it seems that in the cast of each movie is an actor who began as a child star and then went on to adult roles. Is this correct?

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Well, my dear Skipper, I think you've hit on something of a formula here.

 

All these movies seem to be centered on Operatic/Operetta type singers. Some sang at the Met or were quite qualified to have had a real operatic career.

 

Well, there was a musical producer in Hollywood who specialized in this sort of musical combo: a light plot--often involving a a real composer or singer--and a lots of singing.

 

Musical heavyweights from the MGM Freed unit made fun of these musicals, but they made alot of money.

 

Skipper--Name the two studios where this extremely successful producer worked and for a brownie point, name his very famous character actor cousin. This actor appeared in Hollywood's most famous movie (Not GWTW--the other one).

 

Have Fun!

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Cujas, when I said child star, Iwas thinking of Ann Blyth. True, she was a teenager when she started,so I guess she could not be considered a child star.

 

Terrence.

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Ann Blythe is young enough for your answer--Terrence.

 

The producer of all these successful formula musical/operettas was Joe Pasternak. He started at Universal with Deanna Durbin. He followed that great success story with even greater success at MGM with Mario Lanza, Jane Powell, and Grayson & Keel.

 

Terrence it's yours for the taking--

 

With Skipper coming in a close 2nd

 

Edited by: cujas on May 2, 2011 3:12 PM

 

Edited by: cujas on May 2, 2011 3:14 PM

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