Monday, December 19, 2016

The Movie-TV Connection Game (Dec 2016)

Bing Crosby and Tyrone Power.
'Tis the holiday season and time for making connections! Given a pair or trio of films or performers, your task is to find the common connection. It could be anything--two stars who acted in the same movie, two movies that share a common theme, etc. As always, don't answer all the questions so others can play, too. There is a single best answer for each question.

1. Charlton Heston and Clark Gable.

2. Michael Caine and John Saxon.

3. Shelley Winters and Burt Lancaster.

4. Jason Robards, Jr. and Shirley Jones.

5. Clint Eastwood and Charles Bronson.

6. E.G. Marshall and Arthur Hill.

7. Veronica Lake and Agnes Moorehead (an easy one!).

8. Montgomery Clift and Bing Crosby.

9. Ray Milland and Patrick McGoohan.

10. Joan Fontaine and Kirk Douglas.

11. Gregory Peck and Robert Lansing.

12. Tyrone Power and Bing Crosby.

13. Ronald Colman and Danny Kaye.

14. Charles Laughton and Gene Hackman,

15. Robert Stack and Dana Andrews.

49 comments:

  1. 15.Zero Hour and its remake Airplane.
    Stack also played Andrews' role in Laura on tv. Twice.

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    1. Well done, Bill! Impressed that you got the LAURA connection, as few folks have seen the one with Jackie O's sister (actually, it was the first LAURA I saw).

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    2. That tv tape seems to have vanished. Rumor was Radizwill bought all the copies and destroyed them. I don't remember much of it other than how awful she was. Adaptation by Truman Capote, who was sucking up to society types then.

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  2. 3. Disaster movies - Lancaster in Airplane and Winters in Poseidon Adventure.

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    1. Yes, the AIRPORT-POSEIDON connection works, but there's a more direct one between these two.

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    2. They were in the Young Savages together, and according to Shelley, had a secret affair for a number of years with each other.

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  3. 7. Witches -- Moorehead on Bewitched and Lake in I Married A Witch

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  4. 11. Twelve O'Clock High - Peck in the film and Lansing on the first year of the TV show. They both played General Savage

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    1. Yes, indeed. Always liked Robert Lansing.

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    2. I stopped watching the TV show after that first year when Lansing left!

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    3. Why did Lansing leave the series? I thought he was great that first year.

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    4. ABC wanted a more modern-hunky looking guy - not as brooding as Lansing came across. - Darn it - that killed the series in my option. The depth Lansing brought to his character was terrific I thought.

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  5. 9. Milland & McGoohan both appeared on "Columbo." as antagonists

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    1. That's a great connection, John! There's another one, too.

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    2. Both played 'spy' secret agents - Miland in The Thief and McGoohan in his TV series Secret Agent.

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    3. They did! Amazingly, there's still another connection.

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  6. 10. Movies under the sea - Fontaine in Voyage To the Bottom of The Sea and Douglas in 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.

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  7. Very good! Plus, one movie has a giant squid and the other a giant octopus.

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  8. Recap: Lots of questions still be answered (or which will feature additional answers). Looking for responses for 1-6, 8-9, and 12-15.

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  9. 1. Earthquakes.
    5.Each co-starred opposite his lover in several films.
    12.Each starred in a remake of his previous film.

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    1. Yes, earthquakes! True on 5, but there's also another connection. What were the remakes for Bing and Tyrone? There's also another connection.

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    2. Bing did Anything Goes twice. Power, Love is News/That Wonderful Urge.

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  10. 1. They both played the lead of Thorton in Call of the Wild - Heston on the early 70s TV version and Gable in the classic 30's film.

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    1. Gee, I forgot about Heston's CALL OF THE WILD, but remember it now. They also did earthquake films as Bill pointed out.

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  11. 8. Priests - Monty Clift in the Hitchcock film, I Confess - and Crosby in Going My Way and it's sequel, The Bells of St. Mary.

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    1. Wow, these two shared a lot of connections! There's yet another one.

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    2. 8. They each co-starred with Dean Martin - Monty in The Young Lions and Bing in Robin and the 7 Hoods.

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    3. 8. They both co-starred with Frank Sinatra - Bing in Robin and the 7 Hoods and High Society -- with Monty and Frank in From Here To Eternity.

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    4. And...they both appeared in time travel movies. Bing in A CONNECTICUT YANKEE IN KING ARTHUR'S COURT and Tyrone in I'LL NEVER FORGET YOU.

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    5. Rick - this wasn't the Bing/Tyrone question - this is 8 - the Bing/Monty Clift connection.

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    6. You're right, of course. You got all the connections (many bonus ones!) for Bing and Tyrone.

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  12. 6. TV Lawyers - E.G. Marshall on The Defenders and Arthur Hill on Owen Marshall, Councilor At Law.

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  13. 5. Maybe the other answer you were looking for on this one is Sergio Leone Spaghetti Westerns -- Eastwood in the Dollars Trilogy and Bronson in Once Upon A Time In The West (a role Eastwood turned down).

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    1. This is always such an interesting game! The first connection I thought of bareknuckle fights: Eastwood in ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN and Bronson in HARD TIMES. But all the others are valid and fun.

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  14. 13. Dual roles in films - Kaye had a number of them: Wonder Man, On The Double and On The Rivera -- and with Colman in his dual role in The Prisoner of Zenda

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  15. 4. Speaking of Leone - Cheyenne. His nickname in Once Upon a Time In The West, her Cheyenne Social Club.

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  16. 15. They each played both judges and barristers/lawyers in films: Laughton in The Paradine Case (judge), Witness For The Prosecution (barrister) -- Hackman a judge in Runaway Jury and an attorney in Class Action and The Firm.

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  17. 12. Are you looking for the link between Bing and Tyrone Power as Irving Berlin? Power in Alexander's Ragtime Band and Bing with White Christmas and Holiday Inn?

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    1. That is true. One also appeared in a remake of a film by the other.

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    1. Hoo hoo! Always fun to work in that classic: THE SWARM.

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  19. Recap: There are still connections for 3, 4, and 9.

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  20. #3.....The Young Savages? Apart from that movie , according to Shelley Winters biography, her connection to Burt Lancaster was as close as a connection can get. Alas he was already married.

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    1. .....also Leopards. Burt in 'The Leopard' and Shelley's apartment decorated entirely in Leopard print, which Burt paid for.

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    2. The first connection I thought of was swimmer: Shelley in THE POSEIDON ADVENTURE and Burt in THE SWIMMER.

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