Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Movie-TV Connection Game (July 2017)

What do these two have in common?
Get out of the heat, take a seat, and try to your hand at our favorite game. The rules are simple: 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. James Cagney and Claude Rains.

2. Olivia de Havilland and Jason Robards (this one might be hard!).

3. Tony Randall and Vanessa Redgrave.

4. Parker Stevenson and Bonita Granville.

5. Russ Tamblyn and Grant Williams.

6. Shirley MacLaine and Pinocchio.

7. Pinocchio and The Naked Jungle.

8. Mel Gibson and Roger Moore.

9. Carole Lombard and June Allyson.

10. Jerry Lewis and Spencer Tracy.

11. Alec Guinness and Jerry Lewis (easy one!).

12. The Men From Shiloh and The Name of the Game.

13. Stella Stevens and Ann-Margret.

14. Peter Graves and Alan Young.

15. Troy Tempest and Lee Crane.


31 comments:

  1. #4. Both played juvenile literary characters on screen, Frank Hardy and Nancy Drew.

    #5. Both played "wee folk", Tom Thumb and The Incredible Shrinking Man

    #9. Both played leading lady in versions of My Man Godfrey.

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    1. Right, right, and right! Sorry for the delayed response, but sometimes the old day job gets in the way.

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  2. 10. Both played a form of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Tracy in the film of that name and Lewis in The Nutty Professor)

    15. Both were captains of submarines: Crane on the Seaview of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and Tempest on Stingray (both the name of the submarine and the name of the show)

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    1. Very good, Toto! I'm especially impressed that you knew who Troy Tempest (who was modeled after Cary Grant) was.

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  3. 12. Rotating lead actors each week in both. The Men From Shilo was the last ditch effort to revive The Virginian. The Name of the Game faired better under this format.

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    1. Most impressive! Yes, THE NAME OF THE GAME was probably the most successful "rotating star" show.

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  4. 13. Elvis - Stevens in Girls Girls Girls and Ann Margret in Via Las Vegas. They also both did films based in Las Vegas with the town in the title, Via Las Vegas and Las Vegas Lady. They also both starred in films based on stage plays, Margret in Bye Bye Birdie and Stevens in Li'l Abner.

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    1. Wow, that's a lot of connections and, incredibly, there is at least one more!

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  5. 2. Ray Bradbury. Something Wicked, Screaming Woman. I see they co-starred in tv Noon Wine '67, but I have no memory of that.
    3. Photography. Odd Couple, Blow Up.

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    1. Bill, I wasn't sure anyone would get #2, but you're spot on. In addition to photography, there's another connection between Tony and Vanessa.

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  6. Still needing answers: 1, 6, 7, 8, 11, and 14. Plus, there are additional answers for 3 and 13.

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  7. 3. Hercule Poirot. Alphabet Murders, Murder on Orient Express.

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    1. Well done! Plus Vanessa played the author in AGATHA.

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  8. 13. Both in Dino's Matt Helm films.

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    1. Yes, THE SILENCERS and MURDERERS' ROW.

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  9. 8. Maverick - Roger Moore as Beau Maverick on the TV series and Gibson in the '94 film as Bret Maverick.

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  10. 14. TV Horses - Peter Graves in the TV series Fury and Alan Young in Mr. Ed.

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    1. Now, that's impressive, beachgal!

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  11. 11. Multiple roles within a film -- Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets and Lewis in The Nutty Professor.

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    1. Yes...heck, Jerry played multiple characters multiple times.

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  12. 17. Predatory animals -- Monstro the whale in Pinocchio, and army ants in The Naked Jungle.

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    1. Yes...but there's a tighter connection than that one and it does involve the ants.

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  13. Recap: #1 and 6 need answers. There's another answer for #7.

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    1. We'll take that! Lon played the Phantom, of course, and James Cagney played Lon in MAN OF A THOUSAND FACES.

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  15. #6 Shirley MacLaine and Pinocchio? What could it be? Well, they are both adorable!

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    1. I must say I love your answer! The one I was going for--and this might cause some folks to cry foul--was donkeys and mules. Pinocchio turns into a donkey and Shirley has two mules...for Sister Sara.

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  16. I just saw the email announcing this round, and I was thrilled to realize that, for the first time, I knew one of the answers. I know others have already answered #9, but I thought of it by myself, so I have to tell you. Carole Lombard and June Allyson both played the eccentric millionairess in "My Man Godfrey." Miss Lombard was in the 1930s original, and Miss Allyson was in the 1950s remake. This was an interesting round!

    Yours Hopefully,

    Tiffany Brannan

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