Lois Maxwell played Miss Moneypenny in most of the older James Bond films. Bernard Lee played M until his death in 1979; Robert Brown since then. Desmond Llewelyn played Q.
Ava Gardner appeared with the Bowery Boys in Ghosts on the Loose (1943), which also starred Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, and Huntz Hall. Gardner played Huntz Hall’s sister.
Suzanne Somers played the woman in the white 1956 Thunderbird in American Graffiti (1973).
Ryan O’Neal’s character had the number IV after his name, as in “Oliver Barrett IV.”, in Love Story (1970). His father was Oliver Barrett III, played by Ray Milland.
The rich bons vivants, Nick and Nora Charles, played by William Powell and Myrna Loy in The Thin Man (1934), lived in San Francisco.
In the movie Babette’s Feast (1987), the spread included, among other things, fresh terrapin soup, quail in vol-au-vents, blinis, caviar, and baba au rhum.
At the end of The Invisible Man (1933), when the invisible, naked man runs through the snow, the police spot him by his footprints, but his footprints are those of shoes instead of bare feet.
Chariots of Fire (1981) portrays the 1924 Olympics in Paris.
George Hamilton played Robert Cole, a character based on Raskolnikov, in this strange version of Feodor Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment set in Santa Monica, California. It was Hamilton’s screen debut.
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)
The Kobayashi Maru was the name of the “no-win” test that Lieutenant Saavik (Kirstie Alley) fails at the beginning of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982).
There are no female speaking roles are in Lawrence of Arabia (1962).
Paul Newman is older than Joanne Woodward. Newman was born in 1925, Woodward in 1930.
It Happened One Night (1934), from Harry Cohn’s then “Poverty Row” studio, Columbia, was the first movie to win all five top Oscars. In addition to winning the Oscar for Best Picture, the film brought honors to Frank Capra (director), Claudette Colbert (actress), Clark Gable (actor), and Robert Riskin (screenwriter).
Alfred Hitchcock passes by a phone booth being used by George Sanders in Rebecca. Hitchcock can be seen in a weight-reduction ad in a newspaper in Lifeboat ( 1944 ). His outline appears on a neon sign in Rope (1948).
Irene Dunne played Anna in Anna and the King of Siam and Rex Harrison played the king. It was Harrison’s Hollywood debut. In real life, Anna’s last name was Leonowens. In the movie, her name was Anna L. Owens.
Montgomery Clift’s first movie was Red River (1948), in which he played Matthew Garth, the child informally adopted by John Wayne’s character, Tom Dunson.
Private Parts (1972), a black comedy about a hotel full of sex perverts, was cult movie director Paul Bartel’s first full-length feature. It featured Stanley Livingston, who played Chip on “My Three Sons” (ABC, CBS; 196072).
Mary Philbin was Christine Daae, protegee of Erik, the Phantom (Chaney) in The Phantom of the Opera (1925).
The Taming of the Shrew (1929), directed by Sam Taylor featured the credit “Script by William Shakespeare, Additional Dialogue by Sam Taylor”.
Martha Plimpton’s parents were Keith Carradine and Shelley Plimpton. Martha Plimpton’s films include Running on Empty (1988) and Parenthood (1989).
Camp Crystal Lake was the camp terrorized by Jason in Friday the 13th (1980).
According to Gracchus (Charles Laughton), Batiatus acquires dignity, honesty, and courage (though Gracchus has to bribe him to acquire courage) at the end of Spartacus.
Catherine Scorsese, appeared in four movies directed by Martin Scorsese: Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1968), Mean Streets (1973), The King of Comedy (1983), and Goodfellas (1990).
Twentieth Century-Fox owned the copyright to the wide-screen process known as CinemaScope. The Robe (1953) was the first film made using CinemaScope. Paramount developed VistaVision. The first film to use VistaVision was Ben-Hur (1959).
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.
The cornfield in Field of Dreams (1989) was filmed near Dyersville, Iowa.
The comedy team of robots in Star Wars (1977) was played by Anthony Daniels (C-3P0) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).
Duck Soup (1933) was Zeppo’s last film with the Marx Brothers.
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 first on-screen Don Juan was John Barrymore in the 1926 movie Don Juan, the first movie to synchronize sound effects into a sound track.
The first Mickey Mouse cartoon produced was Plane Crazy (1928). The second was Gallopin’ Gaucho (1928). The third was Steamboat Willie (1928), the first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon.
The baseball legend Lou Gehrig played himself in a western called Rawhide (1938). In the film, Gehrig quits baseball to retire out West, where he tangles with ranching racketeers.
Walter Matthau directed only one movie, Gangster Story (1959). He both directed and starred in it.
Most famous for his role as Victor Laszlo in Casablanca (1942), Paul Henreid was born in Trieste, Italy, in 1908, but grew up in Vienna.
Producer Michael Todd, who filled Around the World in 80 Days (1956) with forty-four cameo stars, adopted the word “cameo” as a cinematic term for walk-on parts for well-known people.
Robert Taylor was born Spangler Arlington Brugh. He was born in Filley, Nebraska, in 1911.
Marilyn Monroe was working on Something’s Got to Give (1962) when she died.
Yes, TV and movie comedian Doodles Weaver was Sigourney Weaver’s uncle.
In The Last Picture Show (1972), the owner of the pool hall in Anarene, Texas, was played by veteran Western actor Ben Johnson. His performance for Sam the Lion earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
How Green Was My Valley. The year High Noon was eligible ( 1952 )? The Greatest Show on Earth. The year The Searchers was eligible (1956)? Around the World in 80 Days. The year Casablanca was eligible (1943)? Casablanca.
Anthony Quinn’s eight minutes on-screen as painter Paul Gauguin in Lust for Life (1956) was the shortest time on-screen ever for an Oscar-winning performance. Quinn won as Best Supporting Actor.
Originally, the “stone” tablets in The Ten Commandments (1956) were made of stone, but these were too heavy for Charlton Heston (playing Moses) to carry. A new pair made of wood was used in the movie.
Judy Garland had four husbands besides Vincente Minnelli. The five husbands were: David Rose, Vincente Minnelli, Sid Luft, Mark Herron, and Mickey Deans. She was married to Minnelli from 1945 to 1951.
The German director Leni Riefenstahl spent four years in a French detention camp after World War II for her activities as a Nazi filmmaker. Her last film was Tiefland, completed in 1954.
Cyd Charisse was born in Amarillo, Texas, in 1921. Her real name was Tula Ellice Finklea.
Shane supposed to come back to a ranch in the Grand Tetons, Wyoming, in the movie Shane (1953).
The six models used in the filming of King Kong (1933) were each eighteen inches tall. They were made of rubber flesh and rabbit fur on a metal skeleton, and filmed in stop-motion animation. For close-ups, the filmmakers used a full-scale mechanical hand and a twenty-foot bust of Kong’s head and shoulders, covered with bear … Read more
Played by John Wayne, The Shootist was John Bernard Brooks. It was John Wayne’s last film.
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.
Douglas Fairbanks was referring to Adolf Hitler and Charlie Chaplin, who was getting ready to film The Great Dictator (1940), when he said, “This is one of the most fortuitous tricks in the history of civilization, that the greatest living villain in the world and the greatest comedian should look alike”?.
Jodie Foster’s real name is Alicia Christian Foster. She was born in 1962 in the Bronx, New York.
Five people directed Casino Royale (1967). John Huston, Ken Hughes, Robert Parrish, Joe McGrath, and Val Guest.
Marlene Dietrich said about the departed Orson Welles at the end of Touch of Evil (1958), “He was some kind of man. What does it matter what you say about someone?”
Roger Edens and Leonard Gershe wrote the additional songs for Funny Face (1957). The other songs were by George and Ira Gershwin.
The name of the bartender in Rick’s Cafe Americain in Casablanca was Sascha (Leonid Kinskey).
Longtime associate Martin Bregman produced the Al Pacino comeback vehicle Sea of Love (1989). Martin Bregman also produced the Pacino films Serpico (1973), Dog Day Afternoon (1975 ) and Scarface (1983 ).
Born Enos Edward Canutt in the state of Washington in 1895, stuntman Yakima Canutt acquired his stage name during his early days as a rodeo star, when a newspaper caption called him “The Cowboy from Yakima.”
Francis Ford (1882-1953), brother of the movie’s director, John Ford, plays the old man with the long white beard in The Quiet Man (1952). The Quiet Man was Francis’s twenty-ninth appearance in a John Ford film.
No, Samuel Goldwyn, famous for his malapropisms, never said, “It rolls off my back like a duck”. Critic George Oppenheimer remembers coming up with this line when he was a Hollywood screenwriter. He won the commissary pool that the writers had going for the best Goldwynism of the day.
Allison Hayes played the fifty-foot woman in Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman (1958).
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A 1910 version of Frankenstein by the Edison Company featuring Charles Ogle as the monster was the first movie version.
Gloria Swanson said the famous lines.
David Huddleston played Santa Claus in the movie Santa Claus (1985).
James Cagney’s sign-off line (as George M. Cohan) in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) was “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.”
Blue Danube Waltz by Johann Strauss was the piece that plays during the space ballet in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
Stewart became an Air Force colonel, Gable an Air Force major during World War II.
Barbra Streisand said, “I’m a bagel on a plate of onion rolls”, as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl (1968), comparing herself to perfect chorus-line hoofers.
“There but for the grace of God goes God” was supposedly said by Herman Mankiewicz, screenwriter for Citizen Kane (1940). But the apocryphal remark has also been attributed to Winston Churchill and Orson Welles himself.
C.H.U.D. stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers, in the movie of the same name.
No, the films of silent film director John Waters were not anything like those of his present-day namesake. Silent film director John Waters was responsible for formula Westerns like Nevada (1927), starring Gary Cooper and Thelma Todd. Present-day cult movie director John Waters is responsible for offbeat works like Pink Flamingos (1972) and Hairspray (1988).
A World for Two was the fictitious movie where Vicki Lester (Judy Garland) win the Best Actress Oscar in A Star Is Born (1954)?.
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.
Fred Waller (1886-1954) of Paramount’s special-effects department developed Cinerama. The wide-screen process used three cameras and three projectors to record and project a single expansive image. The process debuted in 1952 with This Is Cinerama, a travelogue. What was the first story feature filmed in Cinerama? How the West Was Won (1962).
“Arthur’s Theme (The Best That You Can Do)” for the movie Arthur required no fewer than four composers: Burt Bacharach, Carole Bayer Sager, Peter Allen, and Christopher Cross (who sang it). The song won an Oscar.
Ramon Novarro played Judah Ben-Hur in the 1926 version of Ben-Hur, with Francis X. Bushman as his friend-turned-enemy Messala. Fred Niblo directed. Charlton Heston and Stephen Boyd, respectively, took the roles in the 1959 remake. William Wyler directed.
The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964), directed by Jacques Demy had all the dialogue sung.
The name of the dinosaur bone lost by David Huxley was an intercostal clavicle.
In The Big Easy (1987), the name of the slush fund into which police graft is being funneled is The Widows and Orphans Fund.
Lulumae Barnes was Holly Golightly’s (Audrey Hepburn’s) real name in Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961). She was the wife of Doc Golightly (Buddy Ebsen) from Tulip, Texas.
In a triumph of odd casting, Desi Arnaz, Jr., played Marco Polo and Zero Mostel played Kublai Khan, for the musical adaptation of Marco Polo’s journey to the Orient.
The first movie based on a TV series was Dragnet (1954). It was based on the NBC series of the same name (NBC, 1952-59, 1967-70).
Jack Schaefer wrote the book Shane, which was also movie.
Charles Boyer did not say, “Come with me to the Casbah” in any movie. Many people have supposed incorrectly that he said it in Algiers (1938), where he played the French ne’er-do-well Pepe Le Moko living in the Casbah. Boyer said his press agent made it up.
Singer Lupe Valez was the “Mexican Spitfire”.
Four directors worked on Twilight Zone The Movie (1983): John Landis, Steven Spielberg, Joe Dante, and George Miller.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) was set in 1936. Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984) was set in 1935. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) opens in 1912, then shifts to 1938.
“Gimme a whiskey, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.” were Greta Garbo’s first spoken words on film. She said them in Anna Christie (1930).
The Black Maria, built in 1893 by Thomas Alva Edison, near his laboratories in West Orange, New Jersey, was the world’s first film studio. Films were shot there for Edison’s peepshow-style kinetoscope viewer.