Vincent Gardenia played gangster “Dutch” Schultz in Mad Dog Coll (1961).
Tim McIntire gave his voice to the telepathic dog Blood in the post-apocalyptic science fiction movie A Boy and His Dog. Blood himself was played by Tiger of TV’s “The Brady Bunch” (ABC, 1969-74).
Rouben Mamoulian was the original director of Cleopatra (1963). After he was fired, Alfred Hitchcock was offered the job, but refused. Joseph L. Mankiewicz eventually took over.
Jean Harlow said “Do you mind if I slip into something more comfortable?” in Hell’s Angels (1930).
The studio was fined $25,000 if a movie did not meet with the requirements of the Hays Code. It might also be condemned by the Legion of Decency or boycotted. The Motion Picture Production Code (nicknamed the Hays Code for the first director of the Motion Picture Association of America [MPAA], Will H. Hays) was […]
Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner were married from 1984 until her death from cancer in 1989.
There were 1,400 actresses who interviewed for the part of Scarlett O’Hara in Scarlett Letters. Four hundred were asked to do readings.
David Niven played James Bond in the movie Casino Royale (1967). His nephew, Jimmy Bond, was played by Woody Allen.
Married in 1987 and separated in 1990, the two actors Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis met on the set of Transylvania 6-5000 (1985). Their other collaborations were The Fly (1986) and Earth Girls Are Easy (1989).
Carrie (1976) featured John Travolta. Cat’s Eye (1985) featured James Woods? Creepshow (1982) featured Stephen King. Here the author played a farmer who was slowly covered with green fungus.
Lana Turner’s teenage daughter, Cheryl Crane, stabbed Turner’s boyfriend, Johnny Stompanato on April 4, 1958.
Anne Archer’s mother was Marjorie Lord, who played Kathy, the wife of Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) on “The Danny Thomas Show” (ABC, CBS, 1953-64).
The names of the Ghostbusters in the movie were Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Dr. Raymond Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson).
Serge, played by Bronson Pinchot was the art gallery worker with the funny accent in Beverly Hills Cop.
The Wings of Eagles was based on World War I aviator Frank “Spig” Wead, who after a debilitating accident, became a screenwriter. The screenplays he wrote included Air Mail (1932), The Citadel (1938), and They Were Expendable (1945).
There was never a theatrical movie version of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, but there was a 1980 TV movie starring Keir Dullea, Bud Cort, Julie Cobb, and Ron O’Neal.
The New York Film Critics, established 1935, was established before the National Society of Film Critics. The National Society of Film Critics, considered more avant-garde than the older group, was founded in 1966. Both give annual recognition to the best work in films.
Character actor Norman Lloyd, falls from the Statue of Liberty in the climax of Saboteur (1942).
The last picture show in The Last Picture Show (1971) was Red River (1948). The name of the theater was The Royal.
Played by Dean Martin, Matt Helm was a secret service agent for ICE (Organization for Intelligence and Counter-Espionage). The four Matt Helm movies were: The Silencers (1966), Murderer’s Row (1966), The Ambassadors (1967), and The Wrecking Crew (1969). The character is taken from a series of novels by Donald Hamilton.
The tongue-twister that kicks off a song-and dance number in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) was “Moses supposes his toses are roses but Moses supposes erroneously.”
Gene Wilder’s character in Young Frankenstein (1974) was Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, pronounced “FRONK-ensteen.”
The twelve jurors in the 12 Angry Men were played by: Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, Ed Begley, E. G. Marshall, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, John Fiedler, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, George Voskovec, and Robert Webber.
Bountiful in A Trip to Bountiful (1985) was in Texas. It was the hometown to which Mrs. Watts (Geraldine Page) wanted to return before she died.
Charles Foster Kane’s estate in Citizen Kane, Xanadu, was on the Gulf Coast of Florida. The estate of William Randolph Hearst, on whom Kane was based, is located in San Simeon, California.
No one knows what day Louis B. Mayer’s birthday was, but he decided to make it July 4. Mayer (1885-1957) claimed he had lost the records of his real birthday during emigration from Russia. He celebrated the nation’s birthday, and his own, with a big MGM picnic every Fourth of July.
Eric Rohmer’s “Six Moral Tales” are: 1. La Boulangere de Monceau (1963) 2. La Carriere de Suzanne (1963). 3. La Collectionneuse (1967) 4. Ma Nuit chez Maud (1969) 5. Le Genou de Claire (1971) 6. Chloe in the AfternoonlE Amour l’apres-midi (1972)
Robert Redford and director Sydney Pollack made seven movies together: This Property Is Condemned (1966); Jeremiah Johnson (1972); The Way We Were (1973); Three Days of the Condor (1975); The Electric Horseman (1979); Out of Africa (1987); and Havana (1990).
How many 1988 films featured the premise of body-switching between a young person and an older person?
Three movies featured the premise of body-switching between a young person and an older person: 18 Again, Vice Versa, and Like Father, Like Son. A fourth, Big, dealt with a young person magically matured into an older one. The premise dates back to the 1947 Vice Versa, where a child (Anthony Newley) switched bodies with […]
Yul Brynner was born on July 12, 1915, on Sakhalin, an island east of Siberia and north of Japan. In the late 1960s Brynner moved to Switzerland and became a Swiss citizen. His ancestry was part Gypsy. He died in 1985.
Doris Day first sang, “Que Sera, Sera” in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The song, written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, won an Oscar for Best Song.
The seven Pontabee brothers in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) were: Adam (Howard Keel) Benjamin (Jeff Richards) Gideon (Russ Tanriblyn) Frank (Tommy Rall) Daniel (Marc Platt) Caleb (Matt Mattox) Ephraim (Jacques d’Amboise) The seven brides were: Milly (Jane Powell) Liza (Virginia Gibson) Dorcas (Julie Newmeyer [Newmar]) Alice (Nancy Kilgas) Sarah (Betty Can) Ruth (Ruta […]
How many times did Ralph Bellamy play the “other man” with whom Cary Grant had to compete for the heroine’s affections?
Ralph Bellamy played the “other man” twice, in The Awful Truth (1937), where Irene Dunne was the woman; and in His Girl Friday (1940), where Rosalind Russell was the woman.
Chuck Yeager was Fred the bartender in The Right Stuff (1983).
What gangster movie features the line, “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense”?
The Godfather (1972) had the line, “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense”?. Al Lettieri as Sollozzo says it.
Director Michael Curtiz said “The next time I send a damn fool for something, I go myself” in disgust at a building prop person.
Professor Julius Ferris Kelp was the nutty professor. Buddy Love was his suave, lounge-singing alter ego in the movie.
The renegade androids in Blade Runner (1982) were called Replicants. “Blade runners” were the people assigned to hunt them down.
“D. W.” in director D. W. Griffith’s name stands for David Wark (1874-1948).
Special-effects man Ken Strickfaden designed the electrical machinery used to create life in Frankenstein (1931).
The whaling movie Down to the Sea in Ships (1922) was shot on location in the traditional home of New England whalers, New Bedford, Massachusetts.
A 1910 version of Frankenstein by the Edison Company featuring Charles Ogle as the monster was the first movie version.
The first movie pie fight was in 1913, for a Keystone Studio comedy. Mabel Normand tossed a workman’s lemon meringue pie at Ben Turpin to get him to laugh. He did; Mack Sennett saw it and the pie scene became a favorite bit in Keystone Kop comedies, and in many other comedies as well.
His son, Jesse James was the first Jesse James in a movie. Jr. James’s movies include: Jesse James Under the Black Flag (1921) and Jesse James as the Outlaw (1921), both silent films.
The X in Francis X. Bushman’s name stood for Xavier.
Who are the three wives who receive the same letter in A Letter to Three Wives (1949), and who wrote it?
The recipients who receive the same letter in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) are Jeanne Crain, Linda Daniell, and Ann Sothern. The voice of the letter writer is provided by Celeste Holm.
Arsene Lupin (1932), a detective story set in Paris, was the first movie featuring both John Barry-more and Lionel Barrymore.
Jack Hawkins played Pharaoh in Land of the Pharaohs (1955).
John Wayne directed two films. He directed The Alamo (1960) and codirected The Green Berets (1968) with Ray Kellogg and (uncredited) Mervyn LeRoy. Wayne also directed some scenes (uncredited) of The Comancheros (1961, directed by Michael Curtiz).
Twentieth Century Fox was formed in 1935. The Fox Film Corporation which was founded in 1915 by William Fox (1879-1952) merged with Twentieth Century Productions, established in 1933 by Joseph M. Schenk (1878-1961) and Darryl F. Zanuck (19021979).
It was the 1927 movie It, directed by Clarence Badger and Josef von Sternberg. Clara Bow’s character was named Betty Lou.
Quaid’s (Arnold Schwarzenegger) wife Lori (Sharon Stone), upon killing her said, “Consider that a divorce” in Total Recall (1990).
Fatty Arbuckle was accused of killing Virginia Rappe. Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was accused of killing her in a drunken stupor after a Labor Day party in San Francisco in 1921, but he was acquitted of criminal charges.
Clint Eastwood was elected mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, in 1986.
Mary Philbin was Christine Daae, protegee of Erik, the Phantom (Chaney) in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
The name of the spaceship in Silent Running (1971) was The Valley Forge. It got its name from the location used for filming some of its interiors, a decommissioned aircraft carrier called the U.S.S. Valley Forge.
The University of Oregon, Eugene, was used as the location for the movie Animal House.
Cecil B. DeMille said, “My mind is not one that grasps the immorality of the bathroom”, defending his right to film bathtub scenes.
Animal Crackers (1930) featured Groucho singing “Hooray for Captain Spaulding”. Groucho’s character was Captain Jeffrey Spaulding, the African explorer.
The first name of Dr. Frankenstein in the 1931 Universal version of Frankenstein was Henry, played by Colin Clive. In the book by Mary Shelley the character’s name was Victor. Victor’s son’s name in Son of Frankenstein (1931) was Wolf, as in Baron Wolf von Frankenstein, played by Basil Rathbone.