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This actor had only a handful of screen (and mostly television) appearances over almost 40 years. However, he had a hand in the careers of numerous Hollywood notables such as Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton, Jack Lord, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Nielson, Sandra Bullock and Stephen Cobert just to name a few.

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1 hour ago, Fausterlitz said:

Ah, turns out you're correct about that, and it obviously makes more sense.  Thanks!  🙂

As I've mentioned here before, I used to have Christine Baransky as a client during my working years. She was married to another, lesser known, actor named Matthew Cowles. Locally she always went by the name Christine Cowles. She was always Mrs. Cowles to me.

Her husband, who sadly died a little too young, was quite a pip. He was a bit of a Chekov specialist and produced and starred in many of his plays locally. I had a bit of a goatee back then and he would joke that I reminded him of Anton Chekov. I assured him the similarities ended there.

Mr. Cowles brought the cats in. Mrs. brought the dogs.

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2 hours ago, MrMagoo said:

This actor had only a handful of screen (and mostly television) appearances over almost 40 years. However, he had a hand in the careers of numerous Hollywood notables such as Bob Fosse, Diane Keaton, Jack Lord, Jeff Bridges, Leslie Nielsen, Sandra Bullock and Stephen Colbert just to name a few.

Sanford Meisner?

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3 minutes ago, MrMagoo said:

How'd you do it (besides drawing upon your deep knowledge of cinema)?

I knew from interviews with them that both Keaton and Colbert had studied Meisner technique.  Then his wiki page had a list of actors who had studied with him, and all of yours were on that list.  🙂

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Next:  Smirnoff vodka.  Alka-Seltzer.  Ford pickup trucks.  Kodak Instamatic cameras.  Country Club lager.  Wen solder guns.  Northwest Orient Airlines.  Levy's real Jewish rye bread.  Milky Way bars.

What comedian was known for appearing in TV and print ads for all these (and more) in the 1950s and 60s?

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Without doing any research I'm going with one right off the top of my head. Is it Buster Keaton? I know he did Alka Seltzer ads. I don't know if he did the others. But this is a guess without doing any research just to see if I get one. If not, I'll get to work.

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9 hours ago, Fausterlitz said:

I knew from interviews with them that both Keaton and Colbert had studied Meisner technique.  Then his wiki page had a list of actors who had studied with him, and all of yours were on that list.  🙂

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Next:  Smirnoff vodka.  Alka-Seltzer.  Ford pickup trucks.  Kodak Instamatic cameras.  Country Club lager.  Wen solder guns.  Northwest Orient Airlines.  Levy's real Jewish rye bread.  Milky Way bars.

What comedian was known for appearing in TV and print ads for all these (and more) in the 1950s and 60s?

Was it Buster Keaton?

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11 hours ago, Fausterlitz said:

Yes, you got it!  Sorry, didn't see your previous message till just now.

Nice work, Magoo, and you're up next.  🙂

Woo hoo! I think that's the first trivia question I've ever gotten without checking something out first.

Next; We are looking for the name of the high school that a fictitious, notable femme fatale (charachter) graduated from. Her identity is revealed at the very end of the movie by finding her high school yearbook.

The high school is real.

This high school produced a famous 1920's football player who also appeared in a couple very early Hollywood films.

In addition, this high school produced 2 notable Hollywood actors (1 quite famous and the other not so much) who attended at the same time back in the 60's. Both these actors had ties to Saturday Night Live in one way or another.

Name the high school.

Name the football player.

Name the 2 other actors who graduated from it and how they're connected to SNL.

Name the femme fatale character and the actress who played her and name the movie this trivia question revolves around. 

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Another hint: This femme fatale actress has received 1 Oscar nomination for Best Actress (not this film, however) for which she didn't win but she has won 2 Golden Globes for best actress, but not for the movie we are looking for...or the one she was nominated for an Oscar for. 

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3rd Hint: This actress, in addition to her 2 Golden Globe, Best Actress awards, also won a Best Female Newcomer Award Golden Globe back in the 80's. The BFNAGG was for the movie we are looking for.

Again:

What movie and actress and the character did she play, the high school (which really exists) the character went to that revealed the big surprise at the end of the movie?

Name the 2 real actors who graduated from that real high school in the 60's that had ties to SNL

And the 1920's nationally known football player that also graduated from the high school.

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The movie is "Body Heat" and the actress is Kathleen Turner.  Her character was named Matty Walker and the high school yearbook was from Wheaton Central high School in Wheaton, Illinois.  Famous alumni include John and Jim Belushi and football legend Red Grange, the "Galloping Ghost".  Another famous alum is journalist and author Bob Woodward, who wrote a book about John Belushi called "Wired" that was turned into a 1989 movie.

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On 12/25/2021 at 12:42 PM, MilesArcher said:

The movie is "Body Heat" and the actress is Kathleen Turner.  Her character was named Matty Walker and the high school yearbook was from Wheaton Central high School in Wheaton, Illinois.  Famous alumni include John and Jim Belushi and football legend Red Grange, the "Galloping Ghost".  Another famous alum is journalist and author Bob Woodward, who wrote a book about John Belushi called "Wired" that was turned into a 1989 movie.

And the other actor who graduated from Wheaton HS who had an association with SNL was Dennis Dugan. He graduated 3 years ahead of John Belushi. He was involved with a couple Adam Sandler comedies either in front or behind the camera.

Good one!

BTW, one of my buddies/colleagues also graduated from Wheaton Central HS in the same class with John Belushi. 

Your board, Milesarcher.

 

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Also, Turner won the Best Female newcomer Golden Globe for BODY HEAT. She was nominated for an Oscar but did not win for PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED and won a Golden Globe for PRIZZI'S HONOR and ROMANCING THE STONE. 

In addition, Ted Danson who had a nice supporting role in BODY HEAT hosted SNL (as did Turner). William Hurt, who co-starred with Turner in BODY HEAT never hosted but did appear on SNL in an episode hosted by Glenn Close. 

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Thanks, Magoo.  It would appear that "Body Heat" writer and director Lawrence Kasdan stole, or at least borrowed, a plot device from James M. Cain, who wrote both "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice". 

Magoo, I see that your location is in Connecticut, as is mine.   Although it's a small state, there have been some movies filmed here.  I live in the eastern part of the state.  Alan Ladd once starred in a movie that was filmed in eastern Connecticut.  It was directed by the famous director Michael Curtiz.  Can anyone name that film?

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7 hours ago, MilesArcher said:

Thanks, Magoo.  It would appear that "Body Heat" writer and director Lawrence Kasdan stole, or at least borrowed, a plot device from James M. Cain, who wrote both "Double Indemnity" and "The Postman Always Rings Twice". 

Magoo, I see that your location is in Connecticut, as is mine.   Although it's a small state, there have been some movies filmed here.  I live in the eastern part of the state.  Alan Ladd once starred in a movie that was filmed in eastern Connecticut.  It was directed by the famous director Michael Curtiz.  Can anyone name that film?

I believe this is THE MAN IN THE NET (1959). I think scenes were shot in Thompson, CT. I've been to Thompson. It's a bit off the beaten trail, even for CT. Not as off the trail as Moodus, however. Ever been to Moodus, Miles? Not many people have. I call Moodus the Black Hole of CT. 

My wife and I recently relocated to VA, near Washington DC from New Haven. I took a couple months off from TCM this Fall while we scrambled moving. I lived in CT > 40 yrs. I miss my friends and familiar haunts, but sadly, CT is nothing like it was when I first moved there and much of it I don't miss.

Next: My hometown, Grand Rapids, MIchigan has one relatively well known movie set there and prominently mentioned. There is an early scene filmed at a very popular downtown hotel. It is named (I'm pretty sure) in the film. Name the film, the hotel (it has a new name now) and the 2 prominent actors in the film. 

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Hint #1. The original actor tabbed for the lead was Warren Beatty but he did not want the director (who was also the screenwriter) so they went with another who ended up giving one of his best performances. The lead actor won an Oscar for Best Actor...but not for this film.

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1 hour ago, MrMagoo said:

Hint #1. The original actor tabbed for the lead was Warren Beatty but he did not want the director (who was also the screenwriter) so they went with another who ended up giving one of his best performances. The lead actor won an Oscar for Best Actor...but not for this film.

 

On 12/27/2021 at 8:04 AM, MrMagoo said:

Next: My hometown, Grand Rapids, MIchigan has one relatively well known movie set there and prominently mentioned. There is an early scene filmed at a very popular downtown hotel. It is named (I'm pretty sure) in the film. Name the film, the hotel (it has a new name now) and the 2 prominent actors in the film. 

I'm thinking it's something by writer/director Paul Schrader who is from Grand Rapids.  Is it Hardcore (1979) starring George C. Scott and Peter Boyle?  I can't find a hotel listed in the location credits, though.

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2 hours ago, Peebs said:

 

I'm thinking it's something by writer/director Paul Schrader who is from Grand Rapids.  Is it Hardcore (1979) starring George C. Scott and Peter Boyle?  I can't find a hotel listed in the location credits, though.

Yes, Peebs, you got it.

The hotel was The Pantlind Hotel. At one time it was considered one of the top 10 hotels in the United States. It was taken over by the DeVos Family, completely remodeled and now is known as the Amway Grand Hotel. It's still really nice.

Forgive me if I went a little overboard with the trivia. I did not check to see if it was credited as a site in the movie. I believe, in the film, the Peter Boyle character comes to Grand Rapids to give the George C. Scott character the bad news about his daughter and he says "Meet me in front of the Pantlind Hotel". I don't know if they, in fact, meet there, but know many scenes were filmed in G.R. 

I always thought it was interesting that Schraeder wanted Beatty to play the lead role. Schrader had never directed before and Beatty didn't like that. So they went to Scott and that seems like the perfect casting decision. Scott played the stern, Calvinist midwesterner perfectly.

Your board, Peebs.

 

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1 hour ago, MrMagoo said:

 

Thanks, Magoo.  Somehow "Amway Hotel" doesn't sound as nice as "The Pantlind Hotel. "  I think you are right, Scott seems better suited for the role than Beatty.

Next:  Let's stick with Michigan.  

This 1959 movie was filmed on location in several places in The Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   A 1952 murder in that area inspired the book on which the movie is based.  The defense attorney wrote the book under a pen name. 

The filming locations included the Marquette County Courthouse and Tripoli Bar in Ishopeming, MI and Thunder Bay Inn.  The courthouse and bar figure prominetly in the movie plot.  Can you name this 1959 movie? 

 

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The  Movie  is  Anatomy  of  a  Murder  1959.  This  movie  was  an  Otto  Preminger  Film.  The  cast  was  first  rate,  James  Stewart,  Lee  Remick,  Ben  Gazzara ,  Kathryn  Grant,  Eve  Arden,  Arthur  O'Connell   and  George  C  Scott.  Thanks

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1 hour ago, Peebs said:

Thanks, Magoo.  Somehow "Amway Hotel" doesn't sound as nice as "The Pantlind Hotel. "  I think you are right, Scott seems better suited for the role than Beatty.

Next:  Let's stick with Michigan.  

This 1959 movie was filmed on location in several places in The Upper Peninsula of Michigan.   A 1952 murder in that area inspired the book on which the movie is based.  The defense attorney wrote the book under a pen name. 

The filming locations included the Marquette County Courthouse and Tripoli Bar in Ishopeming, MI and Thunder Bay Inn.  The courthouse and bar figure prominetly in the movie plot.  Can you name this 1959 movie? 

 

ANATOMY OF A MURDER (1959) with Jimmy Stewart, Ben Gazzara and Lee Remick. Arthur O'Connell plays a drunken side kick to the fly fishing, attorney played by Stewart. The late Orson Bean plays doctor who testifies to the mind of the accused. George C. Scott plays the prosecutor and Murray Hamilton plays a key witness. A nice cast. 

Not a bad movie, but for me a bit unsatisfying.

Next: Name another courtroom/legal drama that starred Stewart's lifelong friend. Name the friend and film. 

 

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16 minutes ago, cinemaman said:

The  Movie  is  Anatomy  of  a  Murder  1959.  This  movie  was  an  Otto  Preminger  Film.  The  cast  was  first  rate,  James  Stewart,  Lee  Remick,  Ben  Gazzara ,  Kathryn  Grant,  Eve  Arden,  Arthur  O'Connell   and  George  C  Scott.  Thanks

Sorry. You beat me to it Cinemaman. Your board if you like. I was fussing around with a question before posting my answer.

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