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   MeiDei  Sorry to be so late in reappearing with a quiz. This is for those who visit late in the day or for the early risers tomorrow.
1982 film - comedy
Juliet Forrest is convinced that the reported death of her father in a mountain car crash was no accident. Her father was a prominent cheese scientist working on a secret recipe. To prove it was murder, she enlists the services of private eye. He finds a slip of paper containing a list of people who are "The Friends and Enemies of Carlotta." Searching for answers, Rigby encounters assorted low-lives: dangerous men and women who were the hallmarks of the classic detective movies of the 40's and 50's. Filming in black and white allows scenes from old movies to be cut into this film. It is through this process that Rigby's assistant is none other than Philip Marlowe himself.

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   StormCnter  1973 Movie Ad Tagline: ...all it takes is a little Confidence
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   Iacta alea est  The Sting
6 hours ago .

   StormCnter  (1922-1994 ) A film and television actor, he was also an accomplished singer. Before becoming an actor, one of his many temporary jobs was lifeguard. He failed to save a man from drowning and was haunted by the memory for the rest of his life. He began as an executive director and then senior director of the news special events at ABC. He then became an executive producer for the Gillette Cavalcade of Sports where he gave Howard Cosell his first job in television. He was Jennifer Anniston's godfather. He Was originally slated to play Luke in "Cool Hand Luke", but the producers were unable to wait for him to complete his boat trip from Europe to the U.S. (he had a severe fear of flying ). Therefore, Paul Newman played the role instead. He was an accomplished poker player. He didn't appear in his first film until he was 37, but appeared in more than fifty movies. Who was he?
10 hours ago .

   StormCnter  In the screwball comedy farce Big Business (1988 ), which actress played opposite Bette Midler - portraying two pairs of star-crossed, identical female twins?
Barbra Streisand
Goldie Hawn
Lily Tomlin
Shelley Long
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   Gram77  Shelly Long
9 hours ago .

   Richdet  What movie musical contains the following song titles:

Green Finch & Linnett Bird
Pretty Women
Not While I'm Around
A Little Priest

Suitable musical for the season. Originated on Broadway.
12 hours ago .

   Iacta alea est  Sweeney Todd The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
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   Richdet  Excellent, Iacta. As a reward you can choose a free pie for Halloween from Mrs. Lovett's shop OR a free haircut from Sweeney himself.
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   StormCnter  Born at Fort Bragg, NC, the daughter of an Army paratrooper, later a colonel,in 1960, she is an American actress and children's author. Prolific in cinema since the early 1990s, the actress is particularly known for her portrayals of emotionally troubled women. Her career has involved both art house and Hollywood films, and she has received four Academy Award nominations.She has been described in the media as one of the most talented and accomplished actresses of her generation.As a woman in her 50s, she is unusual in being an older actress who continues to work regularly and in prominent roles. She enjoys the variety of appearing in both low-budget independent films and large-scale Hollywood productions. Who is she.
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   Susannah  Looks like Julianne Moore.
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   StormCnter  Two trivia tidbits for the movie "Braveheart"

The nickname "Braveheart" actually belonged to Robert the Bruce, not William Wallace.

Mel Gibson has said he would give five dollars to anyone who could spot the fake horses in the final film. He has not had to make good on the wager.
14 hours ago .

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   StormCnter  What was the only major Vietnam war feature film to be made by Hollywood and released during the tumultuous war years when US combat troops fought there?
Coming Home
The Deer Hunter
Go Tell the Spartans
The Green Berets
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   Iacta alea est  The Green Berets
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   StormCnter  Absolutely correct. Now, of course, that song will be rattling inside our heads for a while. As a reward, I will not sing it for you.
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   Iacta alea est  Bonus Quiz: What is the big mistake in this film?
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   MeiDei  This 1962 film, set in Washington, D.C., follows the consequences of a Presidential nomination for Secretary of State of a man with a hidden past who commits perjury in the course of confirmation proceedings. There is a secret about the President that he wants hidden. Treachery & deceit reign. Interestingly, Director Otto Preminger offered the role of a Southern senator to Martin Luther King Jr., believing that the casting could have a positive impact (despite the fact that there were no black senators at the time ). King declined after serious consideration, as he felt playing the role could cause hostility and hurt the civil rights movement.
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   Richdet  "Advise and Consent." Henry Fonda playing the patented Henry Fonda role he did so often in that period (Mister Roberts, 12 Angry Men, Fail Safe, The Best Man, on and on ).
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   MeiDei  Correct - also in the cast: Charles Laughton, Don Murray, Walter Pidgeon, Peter Lawford, Gene Tierney, Franchot Tone, Lew Ayres, Burgess Meredith, Eddie Hodges, Paul Ford, George Grizzard, Inga Swenson, Betty White and others.
Your prize: all past secrets remain so should they be an embarrassment, in addition we consent to your expertise on this wall.
7 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Forgot to add this bit of trivia:
The film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Allen Drury, who was a congressional correspondent for The New York Times during the 1950s, while he was writing the book. Nearly every character is based on a real person (Lafe Smith is based on John F. Kennedy; Orrin Knox is based on Robert A. Taft, Fred Van Ackerman is based on Joseph McCarthy and the president is modeled on Franklin D. Roosevelt ). Even the blackmailing pf Brig Anderson, and how it's resolved, is based on a real incident. And the Leffingwell nomination is based on the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation of Alger Hiss.
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   MeiDei  1962 movie
Karl from Germany and Marcelo from France emigrated to Argentina and became brothers-in-law. Whatever happens later they will always preserve a strong family feeling. Karl returned to Germany to serve in the army. Marcelo and his children Julio and Chichi became Argentinean citizens but later returned to Paris. Karl became a general with a son (Heinrich ) in the SS. During WWII he got a high job within the occupation administration in France. Heinrich would come and go. Julio was a playboy. Chichi joined the resistance and was eventually tortured to death by Gestapo. Julio has a relation to a woman whose husband is a POW, and who will after release become a district leader within the resistance movement. Julio eventually feels that it is his duty to fight the Nazis. With a firm reputation as a superficial playboy, he can attend the nightclub favored by German officers and gather important information. Finally he and another partisan (posing as his chauffeur ) accept a highly important suicidal task involving a courtesy call to Heinrich. (This one was done before months ago as a tricky quicky quiz )

   16 hours ago .

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   Gram77  If this is what I think it is, it is one terrific movie. The Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse. Ford, Cobb and Boyer.
16 hours ago .

   MeiDei  Well done Gram, if my memory is correct you solved the abbreviated quiz for this one also - a two-fer! Look proud. Besides those you mentioned: Paul Lucas & Yvette Mimieux were also part of the cast.
You get that comfy rug to luxuriate on as you see fit!
15 hours ago .

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