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C-Man, at first this was a tough one.  But it suddenly came to me.  Marion Lorne (Aunt Clara) and Laura Elliot  (Louise Tate) were in "Strangers on a Train".

Laura Elliot went through a name change during her career.  A great question.  Am I right?

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3 hours ago, lavenderblue19 said:

This famous classic  film actress whose career began in the 1920's, worked for the United Nations for years. Actress and some of her famous films ??????

Lav, Irene Dunne was always one of my favorite screwball actresses. It wasn't until I was in college that I found out that she could also sing beautifully.

My favorites screwball is "My Favorite Wife", for drama it's "Penny Serenade" and, of course, for music it's Fred and Ginger's "Roberta".

Thanks for a nice description of a well-rounded actress.

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This Jewish American actor had an unbelievable versatility in his acting ability and his success in every entertainment venue.

He was nominated for a Tony and won the Emmy. His career started on Broadway where he even acted in Shakespeare, but he was also a success in  television series from the early days on into the 80s.

In movies he is considered to be one of the best comedic supporting actors in the rom-com genre.

While at the same time he has brought in some heavy dramatic portrayals in classic films.

In his spare time he became an authority on one genre of classical music and displayed his expertise at this on a legendary radio game show. 

When you identify this talented man, also list one of his well-known classic films, along with one of his classic TV series.

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On 2/28/2022 at 4:54 PM, Princess of Tap said:

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I'm not sure about this one but I'm going to guess.  Is it Tony Randall?

He was nominated for a Tony Award  for his starring role in 1958's 'Oh, Captain! and he won an Emmy for The Odd Couple.    He appeared in rom-coms such as Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers.  He was a member of the  Metropolitan Opera Association.  I'm not sure about the radio game show part, though.  

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2 hours ago, Peebs said:

I'm not sure about this one but I'm going to guess.  Is it Tony Randall?

He was nominated for a Tony Award  for his starring role in 1958's 'Oh, Captain! and he won an Emmy for The Odd Couple.    He appeared in rom-coms such as Pillow Talk and Send Me No Flowers.  He was a member of the  Metropolitan Opera Association.  I'm not sure about the radio game show part, though.  

Peebs, you've done excellent work here.

If you watched "The Odd Couple", you knew that Tony was crazy about Opera. For a number of years Texaco presented The Metropolitan Opera on Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts. For Opera fans the icing on the cake was the intermission Texaco Opera Quiz. The king of the quiz was Tony Randall. He was such a remarkably intelligent and diversified man and artist. 

Peebs, you really earned this one. It's your thread.....

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Thanks, Princess!  Tony Randall was always one of my favorites.  

 

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Who sang the Theme from Valley of the Dolls?  For a bonus point, can you also name the married couple who wrote the music and lyrics?  

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1 hour ago, Peebs said:

Thanks, Princess!  Tony Randall was always one of my favorites.  

 

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Who sang the Theme from Valley of the Dolls?  For a bonus point, can you also name the married couple who wrote the music and lyrics?  

One of my favorite singers Dionne Warwick.

One of my favorite music men wrote the music, Andre Previn, with his then wife, lyricist Dory Previn.

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Just now, Princess of Tap said:

One of my favorite singers Dionne Warwick.

One of my favorite music men wrote the music, Andre Previn, with his then wife, lyricist Dory Previn.

That's it exactly.  Well done! And as you know, the Previns later divorced after he had an affair with Mia Farrow.  

Your thread, Princess.

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This actor was a star in Western Europe when World War II came, having appeared in movies with the top directors there. Since he was Jewish, he was forced to leave and come to Hollywood.

In Hollywood he was an unknown, but was fortunate enough to get supporting roles like playing military and police officers, hotel concierges and casino croupiers.

He played his nationality and ethnic type, often speaking in his European language, as well as English.

He appeared in films starring--Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin and Humphrey Bogart. 

He has the distinction of having supporting roles in one of the most iconic dramatic films of the 1940s and in one of the most iconic  rom-coms of the 1950s. 

When you identify this actor, also list two of his legendary films.

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22 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

This actor was a star in Western Europe when World War II came, having appeared in movies with the top directors there. Since he was Jewish, he was forced to leave and come to Hollywood.

In Hollywood he was an unknown, but was fortunate enough to get supporting roles like playing military and police officers, hotel concierges and casino croupiers.

He played his nationality and ethnic type, often speaking in his European language, as well as English.

He appeared in films starring--Doris Day, Audrey Hepburn, Dean Martin and Humphrey Bogart. 

He has the distinction of having supporting roles in one of the most iconic dramatic films of the 1940s and in one of the most iconic  rom-coms of the 1950s. 

When you identify this actor, also list two of his legendary films.

Princess, I'm going to say you're looking for Marcel Dalio.

While his role in CASABLANCA was uncredited (at least on IMDb); as the croupier in Bogart's club/casino he was memorable. The scene where Bogart rigs the roulette wheel (with Dalio's help) so the penniless couple can win enough money to escape the Nazis was a pivotal.  He had a credited role in TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT as well.

He was married to another CASABLANCA performer, Madeline LeBeau, who was the last surviving member of the CASABLANCA cast. Her star turn was as the French woman who proudly sings out "La Marseillaise" in another foundational scene. 

Dalio's other legendary film role was in Jean Renoir's LE GRANDE ILLUSION which also has an important scene where everyone sings "Le Marseillaise".

If correct, I'll work on another quiz.

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Magoo, your answer is correct.

(But this French instructor will make this correction-- 

"La Grande Illusion"--

because the noun is feminine and the "e" on end of the adjective denotes that the noun is feminine.) 

Magoo, your thread.....

 

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Here goes. It could be real easy....or....

There was a sensational murder trial (I won't reveal where...just yet) in the first 1/2 of the 20th century where the defendant claimed temporary insanity because a devilish character in a movie of the time provoked him.

Copies of the film no longer exist. TCM contracted with a director to piece together a version of the film from still photos and a script of the production that still survived. It was broadcast about 20 years ago.

Name the film and its star.

Name the director/producer who cobbled together the film that remains the only version of it.

Name the principals in the murder trial, where it took place and its outcome. 


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There is a little known, pretty much forgotten little horror/mystery film from 2014 that based its mysterious villainous main character (its ambiguous whether the character was real or imagined) figure on the same character in the above referenced film.

Can you name that one? That could be hard.

 

 

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14 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Magoo, your answer is correct.

(But this French instructor will make this correction-- 

"La Grande Illusion"--

because the noun is feminine and the "e" on end of the adjective denotes that the noun is feminine.) 

Magoo, your thread.....

 

LOL....you are correct. I'll never learn.

Many years ago my wife and I were visiting Provence as the guest of some friends who had a 2nd home there. We went to dinner and I ordered rabbit. On the menu it was listed as "Le Laping" but in my zeal to be courteous to our fluently French speaking (but thoroughly American) hosts and the delightful waitress I tried to order in my fractured, amateurish French. Afterwards, our friend joked with me, "Why did you order a female rabbit?" And he explained the "la" and the "le" thing to me. 

The rabbit was delicious, BTW. A little country bistro. One of the nicer dinners I've ever had. 

 

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On 3/4/2022 at 1:58 PM, MrMagoo said:

Here goes. It could be real easy....or....

There was a sensational murder trial (I won't reveal where...just yet) in the first 1/2 of the 20th century where the defendant claimed temporary insanity because a devilish character in a movie of the time provoked him.

Copies of the film no longer exist. TCM contracted with a director to piece together a version of the film from still photos and a script of the production that still survived. It was broadcast about 20 years ago.

Name the film and its star.

Name the director/producer who cobbled together the film that remains the only version of it.

Name the principals in the murder trial, where it took place and its outcome. 


ADDENDUM

There is a little known, pretty much forgotten little horror/mystery film from 2014 that based its mysterious villainous main character (its ambiguous whether the character was real or imagined) figure on the same character in the above referenced film.

Can you name that one? That could be hard.

 

 

Hint #1: London

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1 hour ago, MrMagoo said:

Hint #1: London

Is it London After Midnight (1927) starring Lon Chaney? Directed by Tod Browning.  In 2002, TCM hired Rick Schmidlin to reconstruct a 45 minute version of the film that was thought lost using stills and the original script.

In 1928, Welsh carpenter Robert Williams murdered his wife with a razor blade then tried to kill himself.

The Babadook (2014) was inspired by the film.

The Lost Film that Inspired the Look of Modern Horror Icon Mister Babadook  << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News

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13 minutes ago, Peebs said:

Is it London After Midnight (1927) starting Lon Chaney? Directed by Tod Browning.  In 2002, TCM  hired Rick Schmidlin to reconstruct a 45 minute version of the film that was thought lost using stills and the original script.

Welsh carpenter Robert Williams murdered his wife with a razor blade then tried to kill himself.

The Babadook (2014) was inspired by the film.

The Lost Film that Inspired the Look of Modern Horror Icon Mister Babadook  << Rotten Tomatoes – Movie and TV News

Peebs. Nice job. 

Williams was convicted despite his claim to be insane after seeing Chaney's performance.

You're up.

 

 

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Thanks Magoo!  That was an interesting one, I hadn't heard about the related murder.  Yikes.  I saw The Babadook (2014) when it came out.  It's pretty creepy with the demon being summoned by a book that appears on the little boy's room.

 

Next:  And now for something completely different....

What happened to Chuckles the Clown on  The Mary Tyler Moore Show ?

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2 hours ago, Peebs said:

Thanks Magoo!  That was an interesting one, I hadn't heard about the related murder.  Yikes.  I saw The Babadook (2014) when it came out.  It's pretty creepy with the demon being summoned by a book that appears on the little boy's room.

 

Next:  And now for something completely different....

What happened to Chuckles the Clown on  The Mary Tyler Moore Show ?

He dies while hosting a parade which Ted Baxter was originally scheduled to host. By an elephant.

BTW, Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter and "Judge Smails" in CADDYSHACK was the most famous son of.....Thomaston, CT. 

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1 hour ago, MrMagoo said:

He dies while hosting a parade which Ted Baxter was originally scheduled to host. By an elephant.

BTW, Ted Knight, who played Ted Baxter and "Judge Smails" in CADDYSHACK was the most famous son of.....Thomaston, CT. 

Yep, he was dressed as a giant peanut and the elephant tried to shell him.

Well done! Your thread.

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